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Children from better-off families make small gains in their educational performance in free schools in Sweden - the model for the UK's coalition Government policy - but the effect does not last and schools have no impact on the achievements of poor or immigrant children, according to new research.

Hundreds of early years practitioners in Luton, Bedfordshire, exchanged ideas on best practice and showcased early learning initiatives at a networking day organised by the council.

Children at the Eureka! Nursery in Halifax, West Yorkshire, have been enjoying the World Cup through their stomachs by tucking into food from the 32 countries whose teams are competing.

New guidance on outdoor play aims to dispel some popular myths about health and safety and risk.

Children who attend early years settings before the age of three have higher Foundation Stage Profile assessment scores than children who start at three or four, according to an analysis of data carried out for the Office for National Statistics.

A new book by the Pre-School Learning Alliance aims to make it easier for nurseries and early years settings to go green and foster an understanding of environmental awareness and climate change.

The Government will not go ahead with plans for the new primary curriculum, drawn up under Labour, following Sir Jim Rose's review.

The extension to the free entitlement to 15 hours per week is to go ahead from September as planned.

The future of EYFS Profile assessment is uncertain in the wake of the announcement by Education Secretary Michael Gove confirming the closure of the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA).

Primary head teachers have been weighing up the pros and cons of opting out of local authority control following education secretary Michael Gove's invitation for state primary schools to become academies.