School reopening plan generates ‘fear’ among education leaders

Teaching unions and parents have criticised government plans to reopen schools and nurseries from 1 June after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced measures to ease the lockdown. Speaking in a televised...

Early years sector ‘in jeopardy’ after government U-turn on furlough funding

Sector leaders warn “there may not be a childcare sector left” following the coronavirus crisis, after the government pulled a “shock” U-turn on plans for furlough funding. Early years settings face uncertain...

The First Thousand Days: early, integrated and evidence-based approaches to improving child health: coming to a population near you?

Date: The ‘First Thousand Days’ refers to the period from conception to the child’s second birthday. It is increasingly gaining traction as a concept to guide public health policy. It is seen as a crucial...

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Early education and outcomes to age 5

Research into the impact of early education at ages 2 to 5 on child outcomes at the start of school, and the importance of the early years home environment. Early education and outcomes to age 5 Date: 24 Feb 2020 Author: Department for Education...

EYFS reforms ‘risk tick-box assessment approach’

In its response to the government’s EYFS consultation, which has now closed, the Early Years Alliance has voiced serious concerns that plans would see the existing early learning goals become a “series of bullet point statements”. This would risk...

Early years: A Better Start through Better Systems

The latest programme ‘insight’ report by A Better Start, A Better Start through Better Systems, highlights contemporary approaches to effective systems change and includes case studies from across the five A Better Start partnerships funded by The...