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: Early years pioneers - Burrhus Skinner

Some common teaching methods take their cues from behaviourist theory. Linda Pound looks at the work of one of its key proponents.

Areas of Learning

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Enabling Environments: Dens - Secret places

With a view to introducing den play at her school, Louise Nicholls carried out a research project looking at the impact this type of play can have on young children....

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Enabling Environments: Puppets - Thinking big

A giant puppet show came to Liverpool for three days this summer. The event inspired one nursery to explore the concept of size - by getting the children to make...

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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.