Father-child play: A systematic review of its frequency, characteristics and potential impact on children’s development

Parent-child play interactions in the first years of life are linked to more positive cognitive and socio-emotional outcomes for children. The vast majority of previous research has focussed on mother-infant...

Early years sector hit by ‘devastating’ impact of Covid-19 crisis, Sutton Trust warns

A third of nurseries in the most disadvantaged areas could be forced to close due to the Covid-19 crisis leaving many young children unable to access early years education, latest research has warned. A...

Father-child play: A systematic review of its frequency, characteristics and potential impact on children’s development

Parent-child play interactions in the first years of life are linked to more positive cognitive and socio-emotional outcomes for children. The vast majority of previous research has focussed on mother-infant...

Category - Early Years

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...

DfE ordered to publish early years funding calculations

The Department for Education has been told to disclose details of how it calculates early years funding levels by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) following a lengthy freedom of information dispute. Current national funding rates...