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: Types of Learning - Under the surface

For young children to develop into innovative and flexible thinkers, settings must enable 'deep-level learning', explains Jan Dubiel.

Areas of Learning

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Positive Relationships: Shapes and sizes - Size it up

Teaching the concepts of shape and size requires the right vocabulary, but incorporating everyday tasks, jigsaw puzzles and construction is equally important -...

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Home learning: Activities for parents - Shape and size

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

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Learning & Development: Bird Watching - Wing it!

Following children's interests sparked a project to build an eco-friendly bird hide at a setting in Liverpool. Marianne Sargent explains.

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Enabling Environments: Art Galleries - Art for all

An award-winning art gallery has been running sessions to encourage children to engage with and explore its collections. Sue Owen finds out why the project was...

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All about ... children's values

The values nurtured in the early years shape how children approach the wider world later in life. But which values are beneficial and how do we balance different...