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Early years initiatives, such as Sure Start and the free entitlement for three-and four-year-olds, have not improved children's literacy and numeracy by the time they start school, according to new research.

Revised guidance and a multimedia resource for Scottish practitioners working with parents from pregnancy, and with babies and children under three, is being unveiled on Wednesday.

Reforms for all schools in England have been revealed by education secretary Michael Gove in his schools White Paper, 'The Importance of Teaching'.

Formal early reading methods are about to get a tighter grip on young children.

Phonics is an 'indispensable tool' that should be used to teach children how to read by age six, according to a new report by Ofsted.

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile results are to be published by school for the first time, under proposals in the Department for Education's five-year business plan.

Creativity in children's early years is vital for the country's future economic growth, a new report argues.

Government poverty adviser Frank Field is to call for all children to be given parenting classes at school when he presents recommendations from his review into poverty to education secretary Michael Gove.

Girls continue to do better than boys in the early learning goals at the end of the reception year, according to the latest statistics from the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile results.

All the most disadvantaged two-year-olds are to be offered free part-time nursery places as part of a 'fairness premium', deputy prime minister Nick Clegg announced last Friday.