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Researchers have found that responses to babies' first gestures have a direct effect on their language development.

Early years settings, practitioners and schools are invited to enter this year’s Shine A Light Awards, which celebrate those who support children’s, communication and language skills.

Fathers are being encouraged to spend more time reading to their children, after a survey found that mothers believe they have more influence in helping their children learn to read than fathers.

New research, due at the end of the month, will examine the success of a programme aimed at giving early years practitioners a better understanding of how babies and toddlers’ language and literacy develops.

Teaching assistants working with small groups of young children struggling to talk have successfully improved their language skills by several months.

Every child born in Southwark in 2016 will be eligible to receive a free book each month until their fifth birthday, thanks to country singer Dolly Parton.

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has said that smartphone use among parents is to blame for children’s speech and language delays.

The charity is calling for more investment in the early years to prevent children, particularly those that are disadvantaged, falling behind in language development.

A national early language training programme has been successful in boosting the communication skills of two to three-year-olds.

Experts have cast doubt on the popular belief that dyslexia is a visual disorder, as a new large-scale study suggests dyslexia is not linked to eyesight problems.