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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.

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.

The education and childcare minister Elizabeth Truss told delegates at Nursery World's conference that they should be delivering the EYFS in the way they see fit, but that settings do not need to provide free-flow play or a certain proportion of child-led activities.

The proposed primary national curriculum will hold back the progress of many children and label others as failures according to 102 individuals and organisations.

The NCB has launched a new free early support resource to support families with disabled children and help them to track and record their child's early development.

The best early years provision overall is found in group settings, Ofsted's annual report on early years has found.

Independent schools will be able to opt out of the EYFS from the end of this month.

Welton Free Rangers Forest Nursery School in Somerset has won gold in the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Excellence Awards with a project that allowed children and young people to enjoy the natural environment in a non-damaging way.

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.