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Early childhood provision: are we moving forward, backward – or both?

Helen Penn.  The Labour party manifesto brings in a new policy on early education and childcare. It extends the government’s 30 hours of free childcare programme to the parents of all two-, three- and four-year-olds and improves the training of

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Personalisation in children’s reading: what do the literacy experts think?

Natalia Kucirkova. With the advent of personalised news and algorithms automatically predicting what one should read, children’s own agency as readers is in peril. When this is coupled with a boom in the children’s personalised book industry, reading for pleasure

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Language and literacy

The long roots of childhood, and how they explain economic inequalities across the whole of life

Alissa Goodman. In my inaugural lecture earlier this summer I asked the question, what are the root causes of the economic inequalities in our society, and why have these been so difficult to budge? This is a question that I’ve

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The changing role of children: should they have more chance to contribute outside of school?

Berry Mayall. Have we gone too far with ‘scholarising’ childhood in the modern world? My new book, Visionary Women and Visible Childhoods, England 1900-1920: Childhood and the Women’s Movement, explores children’s experiences of home and school during the early Twentieth

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What happened to the link between the women’s movement and the fight for children’s rights?

Berry Mayall.  Once upon a time, English women fought for childhood – not just for gender equality with men. In 1900 women fought for suffrage, but also for a socialist society – a better deal for all. Children at that time had

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