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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EYFS Best Practice: All about ... neuroscience and the infant brain

What can we learn from research on early brain development? David Whitebread and Lysandra Sinclaire-Harding debunk some of the 'neuromyths' and misdiagnoses doing the rounds and look at how neuroscience...

Areas of Learning

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Positive Relationships: Song times

Singing is a powerful form of communication, and one that both practitioners and parents of all musical abilities should be encouraged to use with the children...

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Nursery Food: Food Production - From seed to plate

Teaching children about where their food comes from nurtures healthy eating and an understanding of the world. Annette Rawstrone explains.

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A Unique Child: Inclusion - Special friends

Dolls with their own personas and life stories are being used by some practitioners to help raise issues of equality and encourage children to think critically....

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Learning & Development: Physical Development - All fine by us!

Can daily sessions of focused physical activities help children develop the gross and fine motor skills they need to become confident writers? Helen Chilton reports...

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Enabling Environments: Risk - Scary stuff?

'Because it's exciting': childen enjoy - and need - the experience of danger Forest School can offer. But educators need a deeper understanding to handle it effectively,...