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The National Day Nurseries Association will stop delivering daycare following the sale of its Grantham regional centre to a Nottinghamshire-based nursery chain and its decision to put its four other centres on the market. Children First @Breedon House, of Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire, has bought the 112-place nursery in Lincolnshire. It will soon provide daycare for Swingbridge Children's Centre.

Nell McAndrew, the prototype for Tomb Raider Lara Croft, swaps ball skills with a young sports fan at a SOCATOTS open day held at Leeds Metropolitan University. SOCATOTS is a soccer-specific physical play programme for children aged six months to five...

A woman accidentally passed her one-month-old grandson through an x-ray machine at Los Angeles International Airport during the Christmas rush, reported The Guardian. A security guard spotted the baby going into the machine, lying in one of the plastic...

Fish oil supplements given to pregnant women can boost the hand-eye co-ordination of their babies when they become toddlers, according to a study by academics from the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Australia. They...

Children's centres are multiplying across Manchester, which has a high proportion of disadvantaged areas. Simon Vevers reports Mealtimes at Manchester's growing number of children's centres are not just about good, healthy food but also the nurturing of children's language and social skills. The design of the central, multi-purpose dining areas at many of the centres has been heavily influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach, following a study visit to the Italian city.

An awareness campaign to encourage parents and early years workers to talk more with children under two is developing training for early years practitioners one year after it started. 'Tune into Babies - Talk Together' was launched by Birmingham City Council's Flying Start early years team and the South Birmingham Sure Start speech and language therapy team.

Mud, mud, glorious mud By Janice Dunphy, director of Creepy Crawlies, York

A project that offers free nursery education places for two-year-olds is proving a success at attracting hard-to-reach groups.

Happy New Year, everybody. 2007 doesn't promise to be an easy year for those in early years education and childcare, but it should be an interesting one. We will see the Comprehensive Spending Review; the roll-out of children's centres and extended schools...

One hundred years ago, on 6 January 1907, education pioneer Dr Maria Montessori opened the first Casa de Bambini in the slums of Rome. This week, celebrations to mark the centenary are being held at many of the 22,000 Montessori schools in 100 countries around the world.