Chatting frequently with children improves their language skills

Making conversation with children can boost the brain’s response to language, according to cognitive scientists at MIT.

Siblings more likely to show empathy and kindness

Children with brothers and sisters who are kind and empathetic are more likely to exhibit those traits themselves, a study has found.

Wales: parents should take time to talk, listen and play

A new campaign to encourage parents and carers to ‘talk, listen and play’ to support children’s communication skills has been launched by the Welsh Government.

Eating fish every week linked to better sleep and a higher IQ

Children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have higher IQ scores on average than those who eat little or no fish.

Children play better with fewer toys

Children play for longer and more creatively when they have fewer toys, a new study suggests.

Children raised by same-sex parents do as well as their peers

A study has shown that children raised in same-sex parented families do as well as children raised by heterosexual couple parents.

Babies can learn persistence at 15 months

A new study has found that babies can learn to keep trying if they see an adult struggle to complete a task.

Children’s learning regulated by unexpected part of brain

Learning during development is regulated by an unexpected brain region, according to research from the Netherlands.

Premature babies: a new type of care

More premature babies are surviving, but with complex health needs. Community practitioners play a vital role in giving support, says journalist Anna Scott.

Antibacterial soap could harm babies

An antibacterial chemical found in soap transfers from mother to baby – and could have serious health implications.

Breastfeeding should be added to school curriculum to tackle UK's low rates

Breastfeeding should be taught in schools as part of statutory personal, social and health education to address the UK’s low rates, said the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).