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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A Unique Child: Child Development - All in the mindset

The work of Carol Dweck tells us that encouraging a particular way of thinking - that talent and intelligence are not 'fixed' - can make all the difference to how children learn. Jan Dubiel explains....

Areas of Learning

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Learning & Development: Physical well-being - First moves

Neurophysical development takes a number of forms in early childhood. In an edited extract from her new book, Anne O'Connor explains what these are, why they matter...

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EYFS Best Practice: All about ... education for sustainable development

Education for Sustainable Development is becoming an essential part of the early years agenda. Professor John Siraj-Blatchford explains its importance and shares...

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Enabling Environments: Gardening - Home grown

A group of children in West London has gone from small beginnings at nursery to transforming front gardens on their road into fertile food-growing sites. Artist-in-residence...

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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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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....