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A training project to help early years practitioners assess the development of children with English as an additional language has proved highly effective. Julie Cigman explains

As a parent, literacy is probably the area that you are most determined for your child to succeed in. It is important, both in school and in life, and being able to read and write confidently and fluently are vital skills that we all need.

Controversy over when reading and writing should be taught could persist under the revised framework.Jan Dubiel, national development manager for Early Excellence, reviews the essential principles.

To create a communication rich environment for their charges, Norland Nursery staff studied their own communication patterns. By Clare Crowther

Ability to communicate and use language is recognised as the foundation for children's development across other learning areas. By Nancy Stewart

Viv Hampshire recreates the setting of picture book Dear Zoo in a local park so a group of children can learn about animals and their habitats.

When it comes to assessing your book corner for two-year-olds, take a look at it through children's eyes and provide a feelgood experience, advises Anne O'Connor.

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

Nancy Stewart explains the changes to Communication and Language in the revised framework

Nancy Stewart explains the changes to Literacy in the revised framework