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: Assessment - Measuring up

Ferre Laevers' Process-Oriented Monitoring System builds on his 'well-being' and 'involvement' scales to create a highly sensitive form of assessment. Jan Dubiel takes a look at how it works.

Areas of Learning


Home Learning: Activities - Early Science

From early in their lives, children show an interest in science. They often notice things that we as adults take for granted, such as the clouds in the sky or...


Positive Relationships: Budding scientists

Children are naturally curious - a fact practitioners and parents can use to encourage early scientific learning, says Penny Tassoni.


Learning & Development: Foreign Languages - In other words

With foreign language learning being introduced in primary schools for Key Stage 2, practitioners have an opportunity to help children prepare. Opal Dunn considers...


Enabling Environments: Let's explore ..bones

The component parts of the human skeleton are a good starting point for educating children about staying healthy, says Marianne Sargent


Enabling Environments: Dens - Secret places

With a view to introducing den play at her school, Louise Nicholls carried out a research project looking at the impact this type of play can have on young children....