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An independent review into early intervention has been launched by the Government, with the aim of finding out how to break the cycle of disadvantage for the most vulnerable young children.

The Government is urging health visitors who have left their jobs to return to the profession, as part of plans for recruiting 4,200 health visitors that are to be unveiled in the autumn.

The controversial ContactPoint database will be shut down on 6 August, children's minister Tim Loughton has confirmed.

Who knows how long free pre-school provision is likely to survive?

Primary schools are 'breeding illiteracy' in children by allowing a 'child-led' approach to learning and because they are failing to use synthetic phonics repeatedly, according to the right-wing think-tank Centre for Policy Studies.

A new study published in the British Medical Journal concludes that babies are at a higher risk of dying during labour if they are born outside normal working hours.

The Code of Practice on the free entitlement to nursery education will be implemented from September, the Government has confirmed, despite pre-election promises by the Conservatives to suspend it.

Cuts of more than 169.5m are to be made to a range of projects aimed at children and young people, education secretary Michael Gove has confirmed in a letter to local authorities.

Teaching support staff are now bearing the brunt of the 30 million in cuts to funding at the Training and Development Agency (TDA).

As new policy may arise from reviewing the EYFS, where's the evidence to guide the way forward? Mary Evans hears from a leading researcher.