‘Kindy bootcamps’ tend to be run by untrained teachers.
Parents are sending their children to private pre-school programs as a way to ensure they are ready to start school. But are these effective?
If children aren't sufficiently coordinated, it could affect their ability to learn.
Childhood obesity can be tackled from birth – so why aren’t we doing anything about it?
To combat childhood obesity, we need to start from day one.
England may end up with one of the most complex and unfair systems in Europe.
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And many of them are not getting the help they need.
All smiles at Craigentinny Primary School … but not everywhere else.
A few notable successes, but could do better.
Trying on new roles.
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Research has found a relationship between pretend play and a child's developing creativity, understanding of others and social competence with peers.
Birth cohort studies are an invaluable resource for researchers.
The Medical Research Council's National Survey of Health and Development turns 70 this month, and is more ambitious than ever.
What kind of personalities does the welfare state create?
The welfare state increases the number of children born at risk of developing personality profiles that make them less likely to get a job.
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The world outside the womb is full of new sensations for a newborn. New research is explaining how they navigate it.
Not the right building blocks for a childcare policy.
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Plans to double free childcare will only be available for 'working parents'.
Everbody should get a go.
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We shouldn't just be blaming the middle classes for snapping up all the free childcare spots.
Maybe not so smiley on the second day of school.
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New research shows that children who start school young are struggling to keep up with curriculum targets.
Childcare and education: the building blocks for equality.
Why the government's policy could end up harming children's chances.
Good deeds don’t always work out that way.
Politicians promising to expand free childcare is no bad thing, but it is difficult to deliver in practice
The Green Party were clearly optimistic when doing their sums.
Our experts find that the Green Party's generous pledges on education will cost them.
It may be costed, but that doesn’t mean it will work.
Labour’s 2015 manifesto aims to improve life for children and it suggests that one effective means of achieving that aim is to invest in early years’ provision. The claim is that a child’s language development…
Please mum! Just half an hour more?
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Learning from TV programmes is rooted in repetition and interaction.
Labour have pledged to boost Sure Start if they win the May election.
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It is predictable that the Labour Party’s election pledge to expand Sure Start has turned into a row over how many children’s centres have actually closed since the coalition government took over in 2010…
Processing children into units of human capital as quickly as possible risks the production of ‘damaged goods’.
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In order to make young children “school ready”, the English government is now encouraging parents to place their children in school nurseries shortly after their second birthday. But there is evidence…