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: Motivation - At source

What influences learning? Marion Dowling explores how children develop the inner drive to learn things for themselves

Areas of Learning

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Enabling Environments: Collections - On form

Sculpture is an excellent medium for creative expression, but staff and children alike will need help. Nicole Weinstein finds some advice

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EYFS Activities: Communication and language… Story of the week

Frequent repetition of stories can help to develop a child’s vocabulary, explains Rebecca Wilson

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EYFS Activities - Flying high

From a zip wire to sledging, one setting in Scotland is uniquely adventurous. By Marianne Sargent

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EYFS Activities: Birth to two… Swing time

All young children enjoy swings, which is handy because they aid development. By Penny Tassoni

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EYFS Activities: Birth to two… Finger rhymes

Babies and toddlers love finger rhymes, which also have developmental benefits, explains Penny Tassoni