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There are more five-year-old girls than boys of the same age at the highest ability range, new research suggests.

Early years practitioners will receive guidance on implementing the revised EYFS, children's minister Sarah Teather has confirmed.

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education has launched a new campaign to help practitioners and parents instil a love of reading and books in children before they start school.

The early learning goals for literacy and mathematics in the EYFS have been amended, in light of the response from the early years sector to the revised framework.

Children's minister Sarah Teather has confirmed that a further short consultation on the EYFS will be launched shortly.

The Scottish Book Trust's early years book gifting programme has received an additional 450,000, bringing the total amount of funding for the scheme to 1.5m until 2013.

Two-thirds of children who took the pilot Phonics Screening Check for six-year-olds last summer failed the test, Department for Education statistics show.

Babies born between 32 and 36 weeks fare less well at school, according to a new study, which recommends that children born early should have a school readiness check before starting school to help identify any problems.

More children from low-income families do less well than their peers at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

A record number of children entered the Design a Sea Creature competition, held by childcare insurers Morton Michel in association with Sea Life Conservation.