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Formal early reading methods are about to get a tighter grip on young children.

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.

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile results are to be published by school for the first time, under proposals in the Department for Education's five-year business plan.

Creativity in children's early years is vital for the country's future economic growth, a new report argues.

Government poverty adviser Frank Field is to call for all children to be given parenting classes at school when he presents recommendations from his review into poverty to education secretary Michael Gove.

The first action plan to improve literacy from early years through to adulthood has been developed by the Scottish government.

Girls continue to do better than boys in the early learning goals at the end of the reception year, according to the latest statistics from the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile results.

All the most disadvantaged two-year-olds are to be offered free part-time nursery places as part of a 'fairness premium', deputy prime minister Nick Clegg announced last Friday.

The review of the Early Years Foundation Stage might consider the option of an increased emphasis on personal, social and emotional development and communication and language, according to Communication Champion Jean Gross.