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Children should be taught 'digital literacy' from the age of five, a new Home Office-commissioned report into the sexualisation of children recommends today.

The Communication Trust, a 38-strong consortium of private and voluntary-sector providers, will be spearheading a nationwide 'National Year' campaign in 2011 which will highlight the importance of children's communication skills.

A month-long campaign called Dads at Work, by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and supported by the DCSF, aims to make fathers more aware of their rights. Posters and leaflets will be distributed to antenatal clinics and GP surgeries.

Early years providers are having to predict whether they - and the sector as a whole - will gain or lose if they stay in the free nursery education scheme. Mary Evans hears why.

The inspection of childcare providers in England is to be outsourced to private companies, Ofsted has confirmed.

Sure Start children's centres would have the option of running as co-operatives under a Conservative Government, shadow minister for universities and skills David Willetts said on Monday.

The DCSF has announced that 56 local authorities have been approved to implement the Early Years Single Funding Formula from April by becoming second-wave pathfinders.

The level of support available for stay-at-home parents is the factor most likely to influence how mothers vote at the next general election, according to a new survey.

The Government must increase investment in children's early years to reduce health inequality, according to a new report.

Children's secretary Ed Balls has criticised Conservative Party plans for children's centres to serve only the most disadvantaged families.