Look over the sea, minister
Since it came to power in 1997, Labour deserves credit for its trademark policies. In delivering part-time nursery education for all three and four-year-olds - once an unattainable dream - ministers have plugged one gap. But other arrangements for childcare outside of these hours have been largely left to families and they pay a heavy price. That has left the "fragmented muddle" (page five) we currently have.
Last week, we also reported that eminent researchers are finding hard evidence to support the contention that high quality pre-school education reduces inequalities, which lasts into primary school. An effective policy could be even more effective if we follow others.