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Many sports and games require good balls skills, but learning to catch, throw, kick and aim benefits young children in ways far beyond the playing field.

Many parents may think they left mathematics at the school gate but, of course, it permeates every aspect of our day-to-day life, from cooking and checking bills to working out how long it will take us to reach home.

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.

Ann Langston explains the main aspects of Personal, Social and Emotional Development and offers advice on how parents can support their children

Hear 'physical development' and you'll probably think of the health benefits that a good diet and lots of running around can bring your child. In fact, physical development is fundamental to every aspect of your child's life.

Having looked at 'treasure-basket play', Penny Tassoni looks at how this type of play can be developed with toddlers into something known as 'heuristic play'.

Penny Tassoni explains why treasure basket play is a fantastic experience for young children and how you can do it at home

For those of us who hated maths at school, it may come as a shock to find that recent research suggests that humans are innately mathematical. Young babies, it would seem, can detect differences in quantities when shown images on screen. So with this in mind, how can we support children's early maths and how can we help them to enjoy it?

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