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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.

Children's centre budgets should be pooled with those for midwives and health visitors, a cross-party committee of MPs has argued.

Pregnant patients at hospitals in London and Kent will be able to trial a new non-invasive test to determine whether their unborn child has Down Syndrome.

Reforms to increase ratios to allow nursery staff and childminder to look after more children are at odds with Government policy to foster close one-to-one bonds with children, an early years expert will say today.

Nursery World is running a conference, 'Two-Year-Olds: Policy and Practice' on 19 April to provide expert advice and debate on provision for this age group.

The lives of 830,000 babies a year could be saved if new mothers around the world breastfed straight after giving birth, according to Save the Children.

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.

Nurturing babies by nurturing those who care for them

All peope have rights, so what about babies' rights? asks Penelope Leach Ph.D, C.Psychol, FBPsS

The NSPCC is calling for babies' rights to be better protected under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), as part of its 'All Babies Count' campaign.