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Children’s life chances are being affected by the failure of early years services to engage with fathers, according to a parliamentary report.

Researchers in Brazil have found that breastfeeding children for up to a year can lead to higher IQs and better life prospects, in one of the biggest studies of its kind to date.

Encouraging parents to read with their child can boost their development by as much as five months, while the benefits of increasing hours to a full-day at nursery are not conclusive.

The charity Action for Stammering Children aims to raise £1.5m to provide specialist speech and language therapy.

Speech and language charities call for early years settings and schools to dedicate a whole day to spoken language.

A cross-party group of peers is calling for fairer funding for PVI settings and for spending to be targeted at disadvantaged children who benefit the most.

Following confirmation of the Reception baseline providers earlier this month, schools that want to use the baseline during the pilot year from this September have until April to sign up.

A move from late to early intervention would save the Government billions of pounds a year, suggests new research.

A documentary observing the interactions of four-year-olds in nursery will air on Channel 4 tonight (10 February).

A new study suggests the best time for young children to learn is just before they take a nap.