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With under-fives missing some of the basic health standards, Gabriella Jozwiak takes a look at what is being done to improve nutrition in the early years.

All infant school children in England will be eligible for free school meals from September 2014.

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.

As a British Medical Association report on children and health reveals how UK outcomes are falling behind other developed nations, Sir Al Aynsley-Green calls on the sector to respond at a local level in order to drive change on a national scale.

The UK is failing its most vulnerable children and any improvements in tackling child poverty are in danger of being eroded by Government welfare policies, doctors' leaders have warned.

More funding is required for free school meals and breakfast clubs to help tackle high levels of child food poverty, recommends a report by the London Assembly.

Nearly 100 milk suppliers have written an open letter to health and agriculture ministers urging them to choose the most 'sensible' option outlined in the nursery milk review - to cap the price that can be claimed for milk.

Milk supplier Scotts has been suspended from claiming for free nursery milk after a number of discrepancies in its claims.

Last June, the Government launched a review into the Nursery Milk Scheme to try to cut the rising costs of the initiative.

Huge numbers of children living below the poverty line do not qualify for free school meals according to research by The Children's Society.

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