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A focus on 'school readiness', testing at an ever-earlier age, and the downgrading of play threaten 'profound damage' to a generation of children, a group of experts warns today.

Sensory explorations with shakers and drums

Lay the foundations of physical literacy

The revised Early Years Foundation Stage has received a broadly positive response from the early years sector, although some reservations have been raised over the requirement for progress checks on two-year-olds.

Musicians from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra visited the PlayTalkRead bus for an interactive music session to encourage mothers and fathers to have more fun with their children and encourage a life-long appreciation of music.

The early learning goals for literacy and mathematics in the EYFS have been amended, in light of the response from the early years sector to the revised framework.

The Department for Education has confirmed that the final version of the revised EYFS will be published at the end of March or early April 2012.

Culturebaby is a new programme rolling out in Manchester which aims to help practitioners and families find new ways to engage very young children with art and culture.

Music for Starters is offering its Music Making with Babies on-site or at venues nationwide over the next few months.

The Booktrust charity, which provides free books to every baby and all five- and 11-year-olds, has had its annual budget of 13m cut by the Government.