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The Booktrust charity, which provides free books to every baby and all five- and 11-year-olds, has had its annual budget of 13m cut by the Government.

Ministers are asking for voluntary organisations, charities and local communities to contribute to a consultation on developing a long-term strategy to end child poverty.

Early years initiatives, such as Sure Start and the free entitlement for three-and four-year-olds, have not improved children's literacy and numeracy by the time they start school, according to new research.

We should take the precautionary principle in exposing young children to ICT before we know the long-term effects, argues Dr Richard House.

'Doctor, my son is still wetting the bed. It's so distressing for him and I don't know what to do.'

A new report tries to unravel the apparent links between children's behaviour problems and their family backgrounds, says Karen Faux.

Children's progress in their first two years at school is still largely driven by their parents' social class, according to researchers from the Institute of Education, University of London, who analysed more than 11,000 seven-year-olds across the UK.

Revised guidance and a multimedia resource for Scottish practitioners working with parents from pregnancy, and with babies and children under three, is being unveiled on Wednesday.

Families can find ways to resolve problems in their relationships with the help of a professional play therapist, as Cath Hunter explains.

It may be hard to identify dyslexic children when they show many of the same traits as those without it. Phoebe Doyle offers some insight.