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An innovative project that has reached 120 local settings is boosting the language development of two-year-olds, says Liverpool City Council's Colette Bentley.

Position: Co-founders of Unique Kidz and Co, a charity in Lancashire which provides services for disabled children.

Winner - St Paul's Community Development Trust/Balsall Heath Children's Centre, Balsall Heath, Birmingham

The first children's centre in the country to achieve 'Outstanding' in every category of its Ofsted inspection has celebrated ten years of innovation and excellence. Rafiquel Islam explains its success

Early years teams, settings and individuals are invited to enter the 2012 Shine a Light awards that celebrate best practice and excellence around supporting children and young people's communication.

A centre that provides support for children with impaired speech and language in Oxford is to close in June following the government's decision to withdraw funding.

The details of recent equality legislation are wide-ranging, and early years settings need to make sure they comply with the Act. Jane Lane and Brenda Parkes provide a guide.

When I was first working in schools, in the late 1980s, there was lots of discussion about how early years education could promote social justice and combat racism. Much of that work was cheaply attacked and ridiculed by the media: endless stories of how 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' had been banned, blackboards replaced by chalkboards, and so on.

The outgoing communication champion, who this week published a final report.

The National eCAF system which allows practitioners to electronically create, store and share a child's details under the Common Assessment Framework, could be scrapped if local councils do not respond positively to a letter from the DfE questioning its effectiveness.