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The importance of play to children’s health and well-being is the focus of this year’s National Children’s Day UK on Sunday 17 May.

The numbers of settings working with vulnerable twos is on the rise, but what are the challenges faced by these children and their families, and what approaches should the early years sector employ to meet their needs? Anne O'Connor looks at what practitioners need to know

High staff turnover is not only a concern for management - many parents see it as a warning sign, says Working Mum.

A Conservative Government would revisit the issue of parents being able to defer their summer-born child’s school start.

Early years settings and schools will work together to help prepare disadvantaged and BME children for school.

Immigration will be a key issue in the run up to the General Election, but how do refugees fit into the picture and what is the reality of their situation? Ruth Stokes reports

Moving your child out of nappies can involve challenges - but there are ways to make the process easier. Penny Tassoni explains

Dressing-up and theme days too often seem like hard homework for parents with little gain for the children, says Working Mum.

Children with parents in prison have a unique set of challenges to contend with, but the right sort of help targeted at prisoner families can have a positive impact on their futures. Ruth Stokes looks at some of the difficulties families face and what is being done to combat them.

Six projects designed to raise the attainment of disadvantaged children from the age of two have been granted a share of £1m in funding.