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The results for 2012/13 show that overall 52 per cent of children achieved a 'good level of development' at the end of reception.
Research interviews began last week with families taking part in one of the largest ever Government-funded studies into early years education.
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.
Children are arriving at school still in nappies, some do not respond to their own names and cannot speak, reveals a think tank report.
A family of toy mice has been introduced to one London school to support emotional well-being and confidence. Laura Semmens shares her experience.
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.
Scotland is to become the first country in the world to deliver the Roots of Empathy programme in every area.
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