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One in six parents wrongly blame watching too much TV and technology as the most common cause of speech and language difficulties in young children, a new survey suggests.

Phonics should be taught by all early years providers and schools and children's progress in developing phonic knowledge and skills should be regularly assessed, according to a new report from Ofsted.

There's plenty that you can do to be support this vital drive, says Communication Champion Jean Gross, who spoke to Melanie Defries.

Education secretary Michael Gove has partly reversed the Government's decision to axe the 13m grant for programmes which provide free books for babies and children, after the move was slammed by writers including the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and children's author Philip Pullman.

Encouraging a love of language, stories and reading among pre-school children and their families has won a Norwich nursery a National Literacy Trust award.

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.

Nurseries, playgroups and primary schools are being invited to register and get involved in the annual Chatterbox Challenge by I CAN, running early in 2011.

Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates, (pictured), is the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010 for books for children from birth to six.

The National Literacy Trust is inviting early years and nursery professionals working to support literacy to complete a ten-minute online survey.

Phonics is an 'indispensable tool' that should be used to teach children how to read by age six, according to a new report by Ofsted.