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.


EYFS Activities: We’ve explored… photography

How one childminder turned the children at her setting into budding photographers. By Annette Rawstrone

Areas of Learning


Nursery Equipment: Personal, Social & Emotional Development - I can do it!

Equipment plays an essential part in children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Annette Rawstrone explores some of the resourcing options for two- and...


Positive Relationships: Working with Parents - Good to talk

A project run by a nursery in the West Midlands with the University of Worcester is helping parents to support their children’s language development, explain Alison...


Enabling Environments: Collections - Worlds of their own

Fantasy play is easy to cater for. Nicole Weinstein provides some practice tips for practitioners and ideas for resourcing


EYFS Activities: We’ve explored… dragons

How a dragon’s visit amazed and inspired Reception children in Manchester. By Annette Rawstrone


Positive Relationships: Parenting Programmes - Taking the strain

Fortunately for those parents struggling to cope with their child’s behaviour, there are programmes to help, reports Annette Rawstrone