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Disadvantaged children who are behind in the 'three Rs' at the age of seven already have their life chances determined, according to Save the Children.

The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) is calling for a stronger focus on developing childrens social skills and emotional resilience to prepare them for school.

Children who read for pleasure are more likely to perform well at maths and English, according to new research by the Institute of Education (IOE).

A focus on 'school readiness', testing at an ever-earlier age, and the downgrading of play threaten 'profound damage' to a generation of children, a group of experts warns today.

A truncated version of Development Matters has been published as new guidance for early years practitioners and inspectors to help them review children's development in the EYFS.

Despite a call for more emphasis on play-based learning from many respondents to the consultation on Early Years Educator qualifications, the Government has not amended the criteria.

Early years practitioners are invited to take part in the National Literacy Trusts survey on supporting childrens language.

A group of early years experts has written to Ofsted to challenge Sir Michael Wilshaw on his plans to reform early years assessment.

Poor leadership in some early years settings means that some children, particularly those in deprived areas, are not starting school ready to 'make the most' of it, an Ofsted report says today.

An Early Day Motion, launched by Annette Brooke MP, recommends that England's school starting age should be more flexible.