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New research, which suggests brain tests at the age of three can predict a child’s life chances, highlights the value of early intervention.

Researchers have found that responses to babies' first gestures have a direct effect on their language development.

Young children could be at greater risk of obesity if they do not get enough sleep, a study suggests.

A study of the effects of sleep training has reignited the debate over the controversial method.

Researchers are hoping they have put anxieties over baby sleep training to bed for good – after a study found the controversial method has no impact on stress hormones or bonding.

Parental conflict is damaging to children’s future life-chances and relationships and investment is needed, researchers have warned.

A government-funded study published days after the Prime Minister pledged to roll out parenting classes to all, has reported the scheme will fail without proper financial backing.

Just nine per cent of children aged between two and four are doing the right amount of physical activity, experts have claimed.