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Giving children a better start in life

The National Lottery-funded A Better Start programme to boost early child development celebrates its fifth birthday this month. Those involved in the programme highlight its achievements to date.

Learning Through Play, USA

Experiencing abuse or neglect can hinder the development of executive function skills, which children need in order to filter distractions, prioritise tasks, and control impulses.

Daily roundup: Army recruits, play and school fields

  • Thursday, July 18, 2013
More than a quarter of army recruits are aged under 18 when they sign up, play leaders warn against proposed legislation changes that could threaten children's freedom, and government figures reveal schools sold 19 playing fields since the 2012 Olympic Games, all in the news today.