Some settings are making blocks an important part of their provision - and opening up new opportunities for learning and development as a result. Marianne Sargent explains.
With technology playing an increasingly important part in all our lives, it is essential that the early years sector finds appropriate ways to incorporate ICT into settings. Nicole Weinstein finds inspiration...
Role play is becoming more flexible, with settings embracing approaches that create more authentic experiences and respond to children's interests. Marianne Sargent explains.
There is potential for mathematical learning in all areas of a nursery, so long as practitioners are open to possibilities. Judith Stevens suggests ideas to inspire three- to five-year-olds.
Equipment & Books
Reviews, roundups and advice on how to choose nursery equipment and resources.
By Steve Jenkins (Frances Lincoln, hardback, £12.99)
By Claire Freedman and Kate Hindley (Simon and Schuster, paperback, £6.99)
By Beverley Naidoo and Piet Grobler (Francis Lincoln, hardback, £14.99)
By Catherine and Laurence Anholt (Red Fox, paperback, £6.99)
Children often want their own small corners where they feel safe and secure. How best can settings cater for this need?
A shortage of sand and water for play can cause squabbles. Anne O'Connor advises on creative ways of providing this popular resource.
Anne O'Connor offers advice on creating a baby room that promotes physical activity, fosters exploration and supports rest in surroundings with familiar, special...