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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.

Just as some parents start to get over the shock of adapting to life with a baby, along comes teething to upset the apple cart.

Letting babies take the lead in feeding themselves by hand has many advantages, says Annette Rawstrone.

The age at which children receive the MMR vaccine in Northern Ireland has fallen from 15 months to 13 months, bringing them in line with the rest of the UK.

One in five fathers of a child under five years old is a sole childcarer for part of the working week, according to new research that highlights the rise of the part-time or full-time 'home dad'.

A centre focuses on fresh ideas, says Karen Faux.

There is no doubt the ability to read is crucial if our children are to make a success of their lives. There can be few better ways to improve a child's chances at school, and beyond, than to instil in them a love of reading.

A research project carried out by Talk to Your Baby reveals that some parents feel silly or embarrassed talking to their babies, while many believe that communication is something that will happen of its own accord.

Spare a thought for fathers, who can also experience post-natal depression that may affect family relationships, says Katy Morton.

A programme that provides support services for under-threes and free childcare for two-year-olds in Wales is having a positive impact on their emotional and social development, an interim evaluation has found.