What have we lost and what have we gained in early childhood education and care?

From Inside the Secret Garden - Julian GrenierLeave a Comment

It was an honour to be asked by Helen Penn to speak at the launch of her wonderfully titled memoir, Be Realistic, Demand the Impossible. It was an afternoon that prompted many thoughts and reflections, which I've set down below. From fierce campaigns for childcare, to winning European-levels of funding under New Labour, to feeling disillusion and despair: it's been quite a journey.
I didn't know Helen at all when, many years ago, I was interviewed by BBC news about the original "Early Learning Goals" proposal in 1999. A group of us in the newly-minted Early Excellence Centres felt that just…
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