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Analysis by the Infant & Toddler Forum (ITF) found 49 per cent of meals served to children aged between one and four were outside the recommended portion size range.
The Government has been accused of failing to invest in its Healthy Start scheme, as new figures show almost half of eligible London families are missing out on the vouchers.
One in four families in England are missing out on vital baby health visits, increasing the risk of parental mental health problems going undetected, warns the NSPCC.
The first ever World Health Organisation (WHO) physical activity guidelines for under-fives, recommend no screen time for one-year-olds and no more than an hour for two- to-four-year-olds.
Under-fives living in disadvantaged areas are to benefit from additional help with their early speech and communication skills, as part of a £6.5m investment from the DfE.
Parents should restrict children's screen time, as report claims that by the age of eight the average child will have spent a year sitting in front of a screen.
Children who are read to regularly by their parents or carers are ahead in their language skills by eight months, suggests a new study.