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: Early Years Pioneers - Margaret and Rachel McMillan

Margaret (1860-1931) and Rachel (1859-1917) McMillan made real advances in early childcare, and their ideas still resonate today, says Linda Pound

Areas of Learning


EYFS Best Practice: All about... Outdoor nurseries

Settings based on outdoor learning are growing in popularity - and providing focused, creative provision inspired by their individual environments. Nicole Weinstein...


Learning & Development: Communication & Language - A formal occasion

On entering Reception, children are exposed to the world of 'formal' language. In the third part of our series on communication, Dr Anna Theakston explains what...


EYFS Best Practice - All about...multilingualism and critical thinking

The ability to speak multiple languages is linked to strong critical thinking. So how can the early years nurture learning in this area? Vicky Burghardt, Beverley...


Learning & Development PSED: Part 3 - See and hear

Careful observation of PSED should be a key consideration when assessing children's progress, says Marion Dowling.


Learning & Development: PSED part 2 - Mind out

How can practitioners help children to play in a manner that best supports their development? Marion Dowling explains.