The quality and quantity of pre-school education needs improving and teachers of under-fives deserve higher status and more opportunities for training and career progression, says Elizabeth Smith, a lecturer in education at Exeter University, in Educating the Under-Fives. The book details current developments, debates and legislation, traces the evolution of pre-school provision and outlines a curriculum that combines care with education. Pounds 10.99 paperback from bookshops. Details: Huw Neill, Cassell. Tel: 0171 420 5536.