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Children have a kinship with animal characters and can relate closely to their experiences, says author Peter Brown

Early Learning Consultancy's Helen Moylett and Nancy Stewart argue why children have been set up to fail by the new Early Learning Goals

Children's radio campaigner Susan Stranks warns that the BBC could exclude some children with its focus on new technology

Wendy Ellyat says the Government response to 'Too Much Too Young' is inadequate and issues an invitation to join the campaign

Professor Robert Winston explores the importance of nurture and highlights how adverse early experiences can affect the function of DNA in the brain

An increasing number of nurseries operate policies that restrict staff from touching or cuddling children. We do this because we are afraid of allegations of abuse, says Suzanne Zeedyk.

Those who lived through the bleak days of the Woodhead/Blunkett Education regime of the late 1990s scarcely imagined that early-years policy-making could be any more Dark-Aged, but in this respect the current Wilshaw/Gove regime is breaking all previous records.

I signed up to the campaign calling for an immediate end to all advertising aimed at young children not because I want to idealise childhood but because I worry that children's lives being imbued with products and brands has a negative impact on emotional and creative development, says Susie Orbach.

Research shows that high quality early childhood education and care (ECEC) improves children's life chances.

Many parents and carers realise that children love to hear the same stories read again and again. What new research in this area uncovering, however, is why this is repetition is beneficial for learning.

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