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One in six parents wrongly blame watching too much TV and technology as the most common cause of speech and language difficulties in young children, a new survey suggests.

Phonics should be taught by all early years providers and schools and children's progress in developing phonic knowledge and skills should be regularly assessed, according to a new report from Ofsted.

A project that invites parents, carers and practitioners to share good practice is helping to inject creativity into early years education.

Labour MP Graham Allen has called for an increase in graduate and postgraduate leadership in early years settings, in his Government-commissioned report on early intervention.

There's plenty that you can do to be support this vital drive, says Communication Champion Jean Gross, who spoke to Melanie Defries.

The abolition of a flagship programme designed to foster creativity in children has been condemned by teachers and ambassadors of the arts as threatening the education of the most vulnerable children.

Education secretary Michael Gove has partly reversed the Government's decision to axe the 13m grant for programmes which provide free books for babies and children, after the move was slammed by writers including the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and children's author Philip Pullman.

Encouraging a love of language, stories and reading among pre-school children and their families has won a Norwich nursery a National Literacy Trust award.

A group of artists are to work with young children from early years settings and schools across North Lincolnshire to create works of art that appeal to them.

A campaign highlighting the importance of outdoor play in the community has been launched by a group of more than 30 authors, charities and explorers.