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Nearly 11,000 supporters have signed a government petition calling for the Early Years Foundation Stage to be extended to age seven since it was set up just a week ago, with the author calling for Key Stage 1 to be scrapped.

A failure to address dwindling teacher numbers in Scotland’s early years settings will hold back government goals to tackle the impact of deprivation on education, the country’s largest teaching union has warned.

The providers of the Reception baseline assessment have hit back at a report commissioned by two teaching unions, which claims that the baseline is inaccurate and potentially damaging to children.

Teaching unions are calling on the Government to scrap the Reception baseline after a damning report has found that most primary school teachers find it unreliable and inaccurate.

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.

Nursery children are to receive a maths boost in return for taking part in early years research.

Pre-school children’s readiness to read could be measured with a simple test, experts have suggested.

Pre-school children can get a free sticker book on trips to their local library to make visits more exciting and inspiring, as part of a pilot project by Book Trust.

Will Ofsted’s new definition of teaching in the early years be a game changer for practice in the Foundation Stage in schools, particularly Reception classes? This is one of the key questions to be addressed in Nursery World’s Early Years in Schools supplement, out 25 January, and NW Show masterclass, on 6 February