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.


EYFS: Best Practice - All about ... neuroscience and the infantbrain

What can we learn from research on early brain development? David Whitebread and Lysandra Sinclaire-Harding debunk some of the 'neuromyths' and misdiagnoses doing the rounds and look at how neuroscience...

Areas of Learning


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...


Nursery Food: Food Production - From seed to plate

Teaching children about where their food comes from nurtures healthy eating and an understanding of the world. Annette Rawstrone explains.


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....


Learning & Development: Physical Development - All fine by us!

Can daily sessions of focused physical activities help children develop the gross and fine motor skills they need to become confident writers? Helen Chilton reports...


Enabling Environments: Risk - Scary stuff?

'Because it's exciting': childen enjoy - and need - the experience of danger Forest School can offer. But educators need a deeper understanding to handle it effectively,...