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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.

Ministers are asking for voluntary organisations, charities and local communities to contribute to a consultation on developing a long-term strategy to end child poverty.

Early years initiatives, such as Sure Start and the free entitlement for three-and four-year-olds, have not improved children's literacy and numeracy by the time they start school, according to new research.

A new report tries to unravel the apparent links between children's behaviour problems and their family backgrounds, says Karen Faux.

Children's progress in their first two years at school is still largely driven by their parents' social class, according to researchers from the Institute of Education, University of London, who analysed more than 11,000 seven-year-olds across the UK.

Revised guidance and a multimedia resource for Scottish practitioners working with parents from pregnancy, and with babies and children under three, is being unveiled on Wednesday.

Nurseries, playgroups and primary schools are being invited to register and get involved in the annual Chatterbox Challenge by I CAN, running early in 2011.

The man who inspired the 'Slumdog Millionaire' story delivered the keynote speech at the Montessori Centre International's annual awards ceremony on 3 December.

Learning through Landscapes is offering up to 20 London early years settings the opportunity to improve their outdoor space on a budget with a new award scheme.

Montessori teaching shows the way forward for educators in the 21st century and 'School 2.0', according to a leading neuropsychologist.