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Around 250 children's centres are at risk of closing this year and up to a thousand have warned staff that they are at risk of redundancy, new research has found.

A messy play session with glittery shaving foam was entered into enthusiastically by 21-month-old Mollie at Footsteps Day Nursery in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

Education secretary Michael Gove has announced further details of a review of what children are taught at primary and secondary school, which aims to reduce bureaucracy and 'slim down' the national curriculum.

Labour MP Graham Allen has called for an increase in graduate and postgraduate leadership in early years settings, in his Government-commissioned report on early intervention.

Long working hours, low income and poor quality housing are having a negative impact on parenting and harming children's development, according to a new report by think-tank Demos.

Mark-making took a new twist when staff at Larkswood Nursery in Chingford, London, filled rainy day puddles in the playground with washing-up liquid and let the children create all manner of lines and shapes using pushbrooms and the wheels of their trikes.

The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) has the potential to benefit children's health and well-being, according to the latest independent study into the toddler phase of the programme.

A 20-year-old nursery assistant has been charged with two counts of child rape following a police investigation at a Birmingham setting.

Father Christmas and his reindeer Rudolph called in at Kidorable childminding services in Braintree, Essex, at the invitation of childminder Chris Rogers for Christmas party day.

Education secretary Michael Gove has partly reversed the Government's decision to axe the 13m grant for programmes which provide free books for babies and children, after the move was slammed by writers including the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and children's author Philip Pullman.