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MPs launch global petition to promote early childhood development

It is my absolute pleasure to have Dame Tessa Jowell, MP, as my guest blogger, especially as the topic and petition on promoting early childhood development is very close to my heart and I am an advocate for this campaign. Dame Jowell’s petition mirrors the World Forum in Early Care and Education support of the Millennium Development Goals.  They are aiming to have the Millennium Development Goals featured at their International Conference in Puerto Rico, May 2014.

Dame Jowell writes:

“In July I travelled to Malawi with Ivan Lewis, MP, Labour’s International Development spokesman to learn about how early childhood development programmes were delivered in countries that lack the resources we have in the UK.

Whilst we were there we visited the Chilomoni Resource Centre run by the international NGO […]


Changes to Childcare-For Parents

Dear Parents

I am a parent of two boys and an early years specialist and have worked within the early years sector for over twenty –six years.

I am writing to you because I want to raise your attention to a government proposal that might affect your child’s learning and development opportunities if you use childcare.

You may have heard that the Minister for Childcare, Ms Truss, is proposing changing the adult to child ratios in early years settings. For daycare settings this will mean that for your children who are aged two – three there will be one adult for six children and within home based settings childminders  will be able to have up to four children aged five and under.

The majority of early years settings, academics and experts are against these higher ratios as, like me, they care about your children and the negative impact this will have on their learning and development. One provider said […]