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Everyone knows that learning to read is an essential skill, says Penny Tassoni.

Children's speech is such a hot topic that the Government has appointed a speech tsar, or to be more precise, a 'champion of communication'. If you are the parent of a child who rarely stops talking, this may all seem a bit ludicrous, but dig a little under the hype and suddenly the focus on children's speech makes perfect sense.

Tantrums in two-year-olds are not exactly fun for parents, but spare a thought for those parents whose fourand five-year-olds regularly attack the floor and even them.

Few parents escape the embarrassment of their child having a tantrum at the supermarket checkout or on the floor of a restaurant.

More awareness of this is needed

Sleep is essential for a child to grow and stay healthy, but achieving a routine that is comfortable for both child and parents is not always easy. Penny Tassoni offers advice.

Remember how important it is to protect children in the sun with tips from Annette Rawstrone.

Q: Are accidents at home a big problem for children in the UK?

The importance of giving children vaccines is explained by NHS Immunisation Information.

Advice from the Meningitis Research Foundation