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Design-a-bird competition winners

A rainbow-winged ‘shird’ - a cross between a sheep and a bird - drawing was among the winners of childcare insurer Morton Michel’s annual art competition - this year to design a bird.


Early years providers leave childcare market

The latest Ofsted statistics reveal that the numbers of both nurseries and childminders have dropped over the five months to 31 August.


Give your views on effects of GCSE rules on staffing

The Early Years Trailblazer Group has launched a survey to find out how new requirements for Level 3 qualifications are affecting recruitment.


Almost 40,000 children bereaved each year by loss of a parent

Never before published data suggests that last year an estimated 40,000 children and young people across the UK faced the death of a parent.


Teachers' 'unmanageable workloads' impacting on children

Teachers are being ‘ground down’ by 'unmanageable workloads', preventing them from concentrating on tasks that benefit pupils, a survey of teachers says.


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Early Years Pioneers - Lev Vygotsky

He died young, but Russian theorist Vygotsky helped to inform practice in many ways, says Linda Pound


A Unique Child: Inclusion - Family values

An inclusive programme is developing parents’ self-esteem and family relationships by looking at the importance...


Positive Relationships: Parents - To the rescue

Many families across the UK are struggling financially, and the situation may be about to get worse – but...


Home Learning - A parent’s guide to... drawing and painting

What are the benefits of children creating visual works? And how can you encourage them to do so? Penny Tassoni...


Enabling Environments: Enhanced Provision - Nature Watch

Being in the city doesn’t mean children can’t learn about the natural world. Marianne Sargent looks at one...


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Nursery Chains: League Tables - Top ranking

As well as the usual big-hitters, this year's table of the 25 largest nursery chains in the UK features...


Nursery Chains: Award Winners - Made to order

First Steps Children's Nursery Group, Nursery World's Chain of the Year 2015, has acquired woodland to...


Nursery Chains: Profiles - Rise and shine

Two nursery groups in this year's directory have rapidly expanded in recent year to become some of the...


My Best course - Patterns of behaviour

A course in schemas provided one childminder with some theory behind practical advice to help children...

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  • Is adult furniture child's play?

    14 October 2015

    In parts of Finland, staff working in state-funded nursery settings have been told they must use adult-sized furniture. According to one manager, working in an EYFS nursery in Helsinki, the reason...

  • Sunshine and Skolverket in Stockholm

    05 November 2014

    The final part of the Nursery World early years trip to Finland and Sweden was spent in the lovely city of Stockholm.