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The results for 2012/13 show that overall 52 per cent of children achieved a 'good level of development' at the end of reception.

New research shows that at just one-day old, babies can differentiate between social interactions such as playing 'peekaboo' and non-social movement such as an arm manipulating an object.

A new study has found that children with erratic bedtimes are more likely to be hyperactive and experience emotional difficulties.

Children are arriving at school still in nappies, some do not respond to their own names and cannot speak, reveals a think tank report.

A family of toy mice has been introduced to one London school to support emotional well-being and confidence. Laura Semmens shares her experience.

Observing children's schemas is not only a useful way to shape play - there is evidence that these patterns of behaviour offer guidance to individuals' emotions. Kath Tayler looks at a case study.

Ensuring that babies mature in a positive manner is an important but challenging task, says Bernadette Duffy

An increasing number of nurseries operate policies that restrict staff from touching or cuddling children. We do this because we are afraid of allegations of abuse, says Suzanne Zeedyk.

One nursery is replicating the primary school lunch experience to help children adjust more easily to the change. Nicole Weinstein explains.

Settling in and building relationships are key challenges for settings involved in the two-year-old programme, and nurseries can find ways to smooth the process, says Penny Tassoni.