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A Bedford-based nursery's strategy for developing children's communication skills has won it a major award.

The EAL requirements reveal a lack of knowledge about how language is learned, say early years consultants Tricia Carroll and Anne O'Connor.

In the national year of communication, research by Nursery World and the National Literacy Trust shows the early years sector to be highly motivated, but in need of more support.

Let the home language into the nursery for children communicating bilingually, says Helen Moylett

Nurseries should echo society's diversity and combat biased attitudes. Mary Evans explains how.

Dame Clare Tickell's recommendations in the EYFS review are welcome, particularly the ones relating to universal early years checks.

An inclusive approach to children learning and speaking more than one language is explored by Tina Bruce, Carolyn Meggitt and Julian Grenier.

Can signing help hearing children to develop language quickly? Michael Jones reports on an innovative project in Luton, helping children's oral storytelling by teaching them British Sign Language.

Poor communication skills in young children are the subject of a new strategy for an education team working in partnership with a primary care trust, says Adele Hawkes.

Signing for the under-twos in a mixed inclusive centre is leading to advanced communication skills for all the children. Laura Marcus finds out about the benefits of a unique form of bilingualism.