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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.

Early years initiatives, such as Sure Start and the free entitlement for three-and four-year-olds, have not improved children's literacy and numeracy by the time they start school, according to new research.

We should take the precautionary principle in exposing young children to ICT before we know the long-term effects, argues Dr Richard House.

Do the activities first and tell the story later - Michael Jones describes an approach that engages children who may be harder to involve.

Revised guidance and a multimedia resource for Scottish practitioners working with parents from pregnancy, and with babies and children under three, is being unveiled on Wednesday.

Endless opportunities for children's expression, development and learning across all curriculum areas are provided by music and movement activities suggested by Margareta Burrell

Characterisation and improvisation played a large part in this year's Christmas production, as children took the lead in developing their own version of the Nativity, says Tessa Fenoughty

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.

A nursery farming project yielded a surprising amount of learning and enjoyment for children and their families. Laura Marcus reports.

Children aged five and under were the select audience for a series of concerts and workshops, with training for practitioners, as described by Stuart Bruce and Matt Carwardine-Palmer of Orchestras Live.