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Children who read for pleasure are more likely to perform well at maths and English, according to new research by the Institute of Education (IOE).

Early years practitioners are invited to take part in the National Literacy Trusts survey on supporting childrens language.

Malorie Blackman, who has won many awards for writing books for teenagers, is the new Children's Laureate.

The largest teaching union has slammed the phonics reading check for six-year-olds as a 'waste of money', after Government research found that the majority of teachers found it had 'little or no impact' on children's reading and writing.

A sharp decline in outdoor learning as children move from the Foundation Stage to Year One may reduce opportunities for them to develop their creativity and social skills, finds a new study.

The minister for children and families, Edward Timpson MP, visited Stonegrove Children's Centre in Edgware, Barnet to celebrate the progress made by children and their families through the Early Language Development Programme (ELDP).

Karen Walker, head of children's services at the London Early Years Foundation, spoke to Nursery World about how the group's nurseries are preparing for the new framework.

Thinking up imaginative ways to use their indoor space to develop children's physical development and renewed thinking about child-initiated learning are just some of the ways nurseries have been preparing for the new EYFS.

Many parents consider early years settings to be more important than the home environment when it comes to children's communication and literacy skills, according to research published by the charity National Literacy Trust (NLT).

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education has launched a new campaign to help practitioners and parents instil a love of reading and books in children before they start school.