Early years education

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Lockdown has made UK families reconsider the cost of childcare – and they’re furious | Gaby Hinsliff
Somehow we have ended up with a system that’s too expensive for parents, but not lucrative enough to pay staff properly, says the Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff

Gaby Hinsliff

13, Sep, 2021 @2:20 PM

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UK failing on childcare, finds survey of over 20,000 working parents
Major study shows childcare system that is financially crippling, hinders careers and needs radical overall

Alexandra Topping

12, Sep, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Scouts launches early-years Squirrels section in deprived areas
The project hopes to help those aged four and five in communities hit hardest by the Covid pandemic

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

09, Sep, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Children born during pandemic have lower IQs, US study finds
Researchers blame lack of stimulation as parents balanced childcare with working from home

Natalie Grover Science correspondent

12, Aug, 2021 @6:45 PM

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Nurseries in England feeling the pressure as ‘pingdemic’ hits children and staff
Calls to extend exemptions to self-isolation in support of critical workers’ children

Michael Savage

01, Aug, 2021 @7:00 AM

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A&E units in UK report rapid rise in children’s infections
Problems usually only seen in winter are surfacing after easing of social contact rules

Denis Campbell Health policy editor

25, Jun, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Ministers ‘knowingly underfunding’ childcare sector in England
Early Years Alliance investigation finds government is ‘shamelessly’ driving costs up and quality down

Sally Weale Education correspondent

14, Jun, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Focus on preschools during Covid recovery, UK ministers urged
Sutton Trust warns schools in England will ‘pick up the pieces’ if early years are not prioritised

Sally Weale Education correspondent

20, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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The Guardian view on early years education: England’s toddlers need attention | Editorial
Editorial: A wave of closures should be ringing alarm bells in government. Nurseries are a piece of social infrastructure that we cannot do without

Editorial

10, May, 2021 @6:23 PM

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England’s nursery schools driven towards extinction, says survey
Third of schools say they are having to cut back due to falling income and higher costs since start of pandemic

Richard Adams Education editor

03, May, 2021 @11:05 PM

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Skip the kindergarten cop routine: free play is vital for young children | Michael Rosen
Give children the space to express themselves and they’ll learn things that ‘structured learning’ cannot teach

Michael Rosen

23, Apr, 2021 @3:32 PM

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Tests for four-year-olds will disrupt their learning | Letter
Letters: The focus must be on the children’s emotional wellbeing, not on gathering data to measure school performance, say early years specialists and headteachers

Letters

16, Apr, 2021 @5:00 AM

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