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The Annual General Meeting is a good chance to reflect on the year and make plans for the future, say Nicola Bushell and Hayley Cannell, joint managers of Oakey Dokeys Pre-School in Essex.

Many parents may think they left mathematics at the school gate but, of course, it permeates every aspect of our day-to-day life, from cooking and checking bills to working out how long it will take us to reach home.

Have you ever watched your child playing with mud and wondered what it is that so enthrals them? Their enthusiasm almost certainly lies in a desire to explore and be creative, and such explorations start at a very early age.

Links with our community promote a true sense of belonging, say Hayley Cannell and Nicky Bushell of Oakey Dokeys Pre-school.

A joint research study into parental engagement in day nurseries challenges current thinking, say its authors Kathy Sylva, Claire Schofield, Jenny Goff and Arjette Karemaker of the University of Oxford and the National Day Nurseries Association.

As a parent, literacy is probably the area that you are most determined for your child to succeed in. It is important, both in school and in life, and being able to read and write confidently and fluently are vital skills that we all need.

Winner - Home Early Learning Project, CfBT Birth to Five Service, Lincolnshire

Winner - The Cottage Kindergarten, Helensburgh, West Dunbartonshire.

The needs of parents who are deaf and their children who can hear tend to be overlooked by the early years sector. But there are examples of good practice out there, as Mary Evans has discovered

Creating a lasting legacy for our future Olympians is a must, say Hayley Cannell and Nicky Bushell, joint managers of Oakey Dokeys Pre-school in Essex