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Primary school pupils in Southwark and Tower Hamlets are to benefit from free school meals, regardless of their household income.

The Department of Health (DoH) has announced more than 5m of funding to encourage children and families to exercise more.

According to the London Food Board, which interviewed more than 1,000 parents and children, nine per cent of children in London, the equivalent of 74,000 in real terms, sometimes or often go to bed hungry.

The British Heart Foundation has committed 1.2m to help deprived areas in the UK cut children's risk of heart disease.

The news that a nursery worker has won a back injury case against her former employer has highlighted a lack of awareness in the sector of the importance of workplace risk assessments, say experts.

A simple blood test to diagnose autism in 12-month-old babies could be available within the next two years after researchers discovered the genetic 'signature' for the disorder.

The Early Intervention Foundation has named the 20 'pioneering places' it will work closely with to provide 'real-life', practical answers about how to deliver early intervention to the best effect.

Labour politicians Dame Tessa Jowell and Ivan Lewis MP have called for a focus on early intervention among poverty-stricken children to be at the heart of the post-2015 framework for developing countries.

A study by Kings College London and the University of Dundee has found that eczema plays a key role in the development of food allergy in babies.

The Welsh Assembly has published its first early years and childcare plan, detailing ways in which it will support families and young children over the next ten years.