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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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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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A Unique Child: Integrated Review - A fair share

In the first instalment in a new series on the integrated review, Dr Kay Mathieson looks at why the process is a key opportunity to improve relationships with parents and carers....


Enabling Environments: Principles - First of all

Get the underlying essentials of high-quality provision right and they will be the foundation for developing a curriculum, says Dr Julian Grenier


Nursery Equipment: Planning - Be inspired

To create effective 'enabling environments', we must be open to ideas from a range of sources, including educational pioneers, overseas settings and children themselves, says Nicole...


Learning & Development: Characteristics of Learning - Thinking time

Lisa Sancisi and Margaret Edgington look at how to support the characteristics of effective learning.


Learning & Development: Assessment - Quality time

The SSTEW scale has been developed to assess the quality of early childhood education and care. Denise Kingston and Professor Iram Siraj of the Institute of Education explain.


EYFS Best Practice: All about ... Peer mentoring

A home-grown approach to peer mentoring at a nursery school and children's centre in London is improving practice, as well as making work more satisfying for the team. Headteacher...


Learning & Development: Observation - See here

History, and the Child Study Movement in particular, can provide some important learning about observation and record keeping. Tina Bruce, Stella Louis and Georgie McCall offer some...

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