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Health visiting needs to be recognised in law as a profession to avoid more tragedies like the case of Baby P, says the health visitors' union Unite.

Children who attend formal childcare before the age of three do better at the end of the reception year than those who do not attend a nursery or are looked after by a childminder, a new study suggests.

A community project that aims to boost music-making in nurseries and children's centres in London has been found successful in bringing quality musical experiences to children.

Babies who are behind in their development at the age of nine months are more likely to have learning and behavioural problems at the age of five, according to a major study published last week.

Babies who are behind in their development at the age of nine months are more likely to have learning and behavioural problems at the age of five, according to a major study published today.

Children growing up in the poorest families are almost a year behind middle-income families in their vocabulary levels by the time they start school, according to research commissioned by educational charity the Sutton Trust.

Poor white boys are doing less well than most other children at the age of five, the latest results from the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile reveal.

Four-month-old Matai Reid from Durham took part in a brain study last week to help psychologists at Durham University understand how autism develops in babies.

A singing and signing programme devised by Suzanne Miell-Ingram and business partner Tracy Upton gets children communicating.

Carers need to recognise when a child's self-soothing habit is an expression of distress