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.


Enabling Environments: Risk - Under the surface

Risk-taking is a key ingredient of healthy development, but its place in practice can still be limited by how it is perceived, says Kathryn Solly.

Areas of Learning


Enabling Environments: Collections - Me do it!

Self-care is an essential life skill, but it can also help children grow in confidence. Nicole Weinstein suggests some supporting resources.


A Unique Child: Inclusion - Prime movers

How should the 'areas of need' in the Special Education Needs and Disability Code of Practice be considered in relation to the prime areas of learning? Kay Mathieson...


EYFS Best Practice: All about... PD: principles into practice

When it comes to best practice in Physical Development, it's important to understand the thinking behind both the 'principles' and 'programme' approaches. Dr Lala...


Learning & Development: Science - Full force

A 'playful' project has won an award for its success making scientific ideas accessible to children and families, writes Olivia McCrea-Hedley.


Home learning: Activities for parents - Shape and size

Penny Tassoni has plenty of activities with shapes and sizes to try at home