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Parental leave: what is it for and how do we make it work?

Peter Moss. Leave policies for parents (maternity, paternity and parental leave) are high on today’s policy agenda, not only in higher income countries but around the world. A recent International Labour Organisation (ILO) survey found all bar two countries (Papua

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Posted in Childhood & early education, International comparisons, Parents, Social sciences and social policy

Baseline assessment: will early childhood education be further commercialised?

Guy Roberts-Holmes.  Last month the Department for Education (DfE) invited primary schools to volunteer to take part in the national Reception Baseline Assessment 2 (RBA2) test pilot planned for September 2019. If successful, it will be made statutory for all

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Childhood & early education

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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Posted in Childhood & early education, Education policy

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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Posted in Childhood & early education, Social sciences and social policy
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