Positive relationships

All aspects of the Positive Relationships theme of the EYFS, including child behaviour, attachment, the key person system, staff relationships, and working with parents. Regular features include Behaviour and Parent's Guides.


Cookery corner - Pearl barley, butternut squash and mushroom risotto

Replacing rice with pearl barley gives the risotto, served with roasted cauliflower, a lovely texture in this delicious autumnal recipe from Dani, one of our lovely Snapdragons chefs.

Working With Parents


Home Learning - A parent’s guide to… social skills

From empathising with others’ feelings and needs to winning and losing games gracefully, Penny Tassoni provides some top tips for encouraging social skills in young...


Working Mum - Switch it off!

The nursery claims that the use of its television is education, but Working Mum suspects the setting has come to depend on it


Positive Relationships: Parenting Programmes - Easy does it!

In the first of an occasional series on supporting parents in their children's learning and development, Annette Rawstrone reports on the roll-out of smartphone...


My Best Course - Good parent partnerships

An online course on working with parents helped a childminder do well in her childcare diploma – and make more time for fathers



EYFS Best Practice - All about…children’s friendships

Being able to make friends is easier for some than it is for others, but practitioners can help all children to form relationships. Marion Dowling explains how


Positive Relationships: Behaviour - In the acts

In an extract from her book on understanding children’s behaviour, Cath Hunter explains some of the underlying reasons behind difficult behaviour and how it can...


Troubled teens left in limbo

The ‘epidemic’ requires a mix of early intervention and later support services, finds Charlotte Goddard


Positive Relationships: Parenting Programmes - Something to prove

High-quality parenting programmes can support vulnerable people and their ability to parent. Charlotte Goddard profiles one such programme and the challenges facing...