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.


Learning & Development: Praise - Good work?

Praise is generally considered to be a positive thing, but it can actually have a negative effect on how a child perceives their ability to achieve. Caroline Vollans explains.

Areas of Learning


Enabling Environments: Collections - All in hand

How can settings support the development of small hand movements? Nicole Weinstein advises.


Learning & Development: Mathematics - Summing up

Is it time for mathematics to become a prime area? Judith Stevens considers the case


Continuing professional development - Learning to talk the talk

A programme to train early years practitioners and parents in language development has been improving language outcomes for children. Hannah Crown reports.


Enabling Environments Collections: Sense of place

Use first-hand experiences and location resources for learning about environments, says Nicole Weinstein.


Home learning - A parent's guide to ... speech

How does a child move from babbling to mastering the sounds and sequences of a language? Penny Tassoni explains the processs.