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How do you support language development? Take part in our survey and you could win free membership of the National Literacy Trust's Early Years Network.

There is something truly wonderful about the fact that children and carers today still love to sing 'Baa Baa Black Sheep'. The first written version of this song appeared in a book of nursery rhymes back in 1744. That makes it a very old sheep indeed. In a world where huge technological changes are occurring on an almost daily basis, it's comforting to know that some things last.

There's plenty that you can do to be support this vital drive, says Communication Champion Jean Gross, who spoke to Melanie Defries.

There is no doubt the ability to read is crucial if our children are to make a success of their lives. There can be few better ways to improve a child's chances at school, and beyond, than to instil in them a love of reading.

Communication is at the basis of good practice, says Mary Evans.