Learning & development

The Learning & Development theme of the EYFS, including child development, Prime and Specific Areas of Learning and activities. Regular case studies showcase best practice from early years settings.

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Learning & Development: Steiner Waldorf - Winning laurels

Laurel Farm Kindergarten makes the most of its rural setting for children to learn life skills and enrich their learning through play that engages with animals and nature. Nereida Olives explains.

Areas of Learning

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Positive Relationships: Home learning - One to one

Parents play a crucial role in helping children learn to communicate - but there is not a one-size-fits-all approach, says Penny Tassoni.

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Learning & Development: Block Play - Grand designs

Requiring only simple materials, block play nevertheless gives children the power to bring imaginary worlds to life. Michael Follett suggests handing over creative...

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Enabling Environments: Post-walking skills - On the hop

Hopping and skipping are challenging skills to master. Here, Dr Lala Manners looks at how they emerge and offers ideas for supporting their development.

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All about ... UW part 2: The World

Has the slimlined Understanding the World impacted on teaching and learning? And what can we do to ensure we inspire children's interests and consolidate their...

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A Unique Child: Child Development - Well and good

Research suggests that propensities to be moral, generous and helpful are 'online' surprisingly early in life, as Graham Music explains in an extract from his...