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Primary school children in England and Wales turning up at school hungry are missing out on eight weeks of education, reveals new research.
School starting age campaigners in Northern Ireland are today (Wednesday) meeting with the Northern Ireland Assembly's Education Committee to urge 'speedy action' on introducing a more flexible system.
A project from Bookstart is offering children's centre staff a way to work more closely with disadvantaged families. Ruth Thomson explains.
Just a third of childcare workers believe that it is very important that children have basic reading, writing and maths before they start school, new research shows.
Nearly a third of primary school children think that cheese comes from plants and nearly one in five believe fish fingers come from chicken.
Enrich a child's language skills by talking about books, say Claire Bates and Helen Roscoe, Suffolk County Council Early Years and Childcare Service
School starting age campaigners in Northern Ireland have welcomed a commitment by the education minister John O'Dowd to look in to making the age summer-born children start school more flexible.
Many sports and games require good balls skills, but learning to catch, throw, kick and aim benefits young children in ways far beyond the playing field.
Simple equipment and activities are all it takes to develop children's ball skills.
Spoons can be a stimulating resource, with a little bit of imagination, says Alice Sharp.
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