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Articles and guides to all aspects of the Observation, Assessment & Planning strand of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.

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STARTING POINTS: Part 4 - Finn, 20 months

Meeting the emotional and learning needs of the unique child

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A Unique Child: Integrated Review - And to follow

Good follow-up practice is vital in making the most of the Integrated Review, writes Dr Kay Mathieson


A Unique Child: Integrated Review - As I see it

The Integrated Review has the potential to make us better understand individual children by combining perspectives, says Dr Kay Mathieson


Early Years in School: Adult Role - Lead on

Teaching in an enabling environment is exemplified at one school in London. By Anna Ephgrave


A Unique Child: Integrated Review - Smooth talk

Implementing the Integrated Review should see early years settings working more closely with health visiting teams, Dr Kay Mathieson explains


A Unique Child: Integrated Review - In view

How does the integrated review combine the Progress Check, Ages & Stages and the Healthy Child Review, and what do the different perspectives bring to the table? Dr Kay Mathieson explains...


Management - Assess for success

Ofsted has praised her ‘exemplary’ assessment and inclusion system – here, Lyndsey Murray, manager of St Richard’s Atherton Pre-School, shares her methods


Enabling Environments: Outdoors - In full swing

Action research has helped to develop a nursery garden to better provide open-ended opportunities for learning, as well improving practice. Teacher Sue Duglan breaks down the transformation....

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