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Making a difference in the early years: What does it take to be a good leader?

Melissa McAlees (29-Mar-17)

Leadership in early years is a complex concept and its role in quality provision can often be misunderstood. Given the challenge of current multi-disciplinary service provision, early years practitioners.....

Being a man in childcare: 'I am quite happy to dress up as a princess if the occasion calls for it'

Melissa McAlees (24-Mar-17)

In recent years, it has become more widely accepted that there are men working in nurseries and preschools across the UK, yet still only two per cent of the childcare workforce are actually male. Alan Crawford.....

'Mum, I need porridge for breakfast and broccoli for dinner, I can't poo!': Rainbow Fairy gets children to like fruit and veg

Charley Walker (16-Mar-17)

With four and a half years and almost 600 workshops under her belt, the Rainbow Fairy (otherwise known as Natasha Gavin, founder of I Know Why It’s Yum, Mum!) can make teachers’ and parents’ jaws drop as they witness the fussiest.....

'Children are being reared in captivity', claims childhood expert

Sue Learner (15-Mar-17)

For the last two generations, childhood has been characterised by adult control and shrinking freedoms, with childhood play expert Tim Gill, claiming that children now are “effectively being reared in captivity”. Mr.....

Girl Power: Picture book inspires girls 'to fly'

Sue Learner (10-Mar-17)

A new picture book published on International Women’s Day, is bucking the princess theme and has opted instead to inspire young girls with a tale about a girl pilot called Jane who goes on a journey packed with travel and adventure. 'Pilot.....