Practice Guides

Enabling Environments

Slow pedagogy

Alison Clark takes four key themes of outdoors, mealtimes, stories and materials and looks at how to make them meaningful and unhurried

Award-winning outdoor spaces

In this series, outdoors guru Julie Mountain visits past Nursery World award winners to find out what goes into creating quality wild spaces


A series by Andy McCormack giving expert advice on selecting and using all sorts of picturebooks for your early years setting

Outdoors in Japan

Kindergartens in Japan have some innovative approaches to outdoor provision, especially with risk-taking and resilience. Julie Mountain shares the findings from her visits.

Outdoors in Winter

Creative approaches to outdoor play when it's cold, wet and windy, by Julie Mountain.


This series aims to help practitioners be more responsive to children's interests and reflect on how thoughtful resourcing can truly broaden and progress their learning. It sets out what to include in a core collection for everyday use.

Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play

Elinor Goldschmied developed treasure baskets for babies who can sit up and the heuristic play approach for toddlers. Her ideas are still helping to provide a rich and nurturing environment for babies and young children to thrive mentally, emotionally and physically.

Outdoor Provision & Play

Ideas, support and information for best practice in outdoor provision and play in the Early Years Foundation Stage. With a wealth of articles on all aspects of the outdoors, including forest schools, gardening and the best early years resources for your setting. An invaluable guide to this vital area of early years practice.

Around the Nursery

What is 'continuous provision', why is it so important and how does it fit into Early Years Foundation Stage practice? A guide to what practitioners need to be providing on a daily basis in every area of the early years setting to ensure they are offering a truly 'enabling environment'.

Continuous Provision

What is meant by continuous provision, and what does it require of early years practitioners? Anne O'Connor explains the key elements in this four-part series.

Outdoors and Active

A four-part series by Julie Mountain on the London Borough of Newham project supporting movement in two- and three-year-olds.

Essential Experiences

Penny Tassoni shows how to provide a range of experiences to support young children’s learning and development.

A Unique Child

Sensory Processing

Sensory experiences are vital to healthy brain development. Anne O'Connor and Dr Kath Dickinson look at common difficulties and show how to support sensory development.

SEND Code of Practice

Best practice under the new Special Education Needs and Disability Code of Practice is explained by Dr Kay Mathieson.

Integrated Review

Dr Kay Mathieson looks at the new Integrated Review and its implications for early years practitioners.


Nursery World’s special report on all aspects of young children’s health, from physical fitness to emotional well-being, immunisation and more.

Nursery Food

Expert advice on providing healthy food in early years settings and educating young children about eating well.

Inclusive Practice

Your guide to being a fully inclusive setting. A four-part series based on the themes and principles of the EYFS.


What influences gender differences in the early years, and how can we ensure that gender stereotyping does not limit opportunities for boys or girls?

Equality & Diversity

An eight-part guide for early years practitioners on successfully implementing anti-bias practice, by Anne O'Connor.


A four-part series in which Marion Dowling explores aspects of children's personal development.

Practice In Pictures

Observation and assessment of young children is the starting point for supporting their individual needs. Anne O'Connor shows how.

A Doctor's Diary

Dr Raj Thakkar offers expert medical advice for nursery practitioners on a range of common childhood illnesses.


Case studies of individual children with different needs and the inclusive practice of the early years settings that care for them.

Learning & Development

The Revised EYFS: Areas of Learning

Prepare for the introduction of the revised Early Years Foundation Stage with our series on the seven Areas of Learning, which highlights changes and explores key aspects of practice

EYFS Guidance

Dr Julian Grenier explains the revised Development Matters and looks at the seven key themes of effective practice

Non-Verbal Communication

A five-part series on the importance of non-verbal communication with babies, young children, colleagues and parents, by Charlotte Goddard

Early Years Pioneers

Nursery World's series on the early years pioneers that have shaped current practice, including Piaget, Froebel and Margaret McMillan - an essential resource for students and practitioners alike.

Speech & Language

Penny Tassoni and Anne-Marie Tassoni answer questions about children's speech and language development at different ages and stages

Early Years in School

Nursery World’s special report on school early years provision to inspire and support learning.

Two-year-olds by Penny Tassoni

This 12-part series by Penny Tassoni, renowned early years expert, author and trainer, offers invaluable advice on all aspects of learning, development and behaviour of two-year-old children.

Prime Areas of the EYFS

Expert advice on the new Prime Areas of the revised Early Years Foundation Stage - Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, and Communication and Language. Focus on three to fives and under-threes.

Specific Areas of the EYFS

Leading experts on the new Specific Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage - Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design - and how to achieve best practice.

How Children Learn

In a three-part series, Jan Dubiel considers the meaning of the characteristics of effective teaching and learning - Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creativity and Critical Thinking - highlighted in the revised EYFS.

Practitioner Role

A four-part series by Julie Fisher, with advice for practitioners on better understanding their role in supporting early learning and identifying what helps interaction with young children.

School Readiness

The phrase 'school readiness' is taking a high profile in Government reports and policy, but what does it mean, and how should early years practitioners respond? David Whitebread and Sue Bingham look at perspectives that can inform planning for children's learning.

Your Guide to The Revised EYFS

Ann Langston examines the proposed changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage, giving an overview of progress so far and focusing on observation, assessment and planning.

Supporting Boys

Advice, information and ideas for supporting boys to become confident and competent learners.

Physical Development

Freedom of movement is essential for children's developing minds and emotions as well as their bodies. Anne O'Connor and Anna Daly give expert advice on physical development.


A complete guide to supporting young children and their families accessing early learning under the funded places programme.

Music in the Early Years

Music is important in promoting young children’s cognitive development, well-being and enjoyment. Linda Pound’s series examines how music can support early learning across all areas of the curriculum.

Computational Thinking

Computational skills need to be reflected in curricula and practice, as Marc Faulder shows in this series about teaching computational thinking in the early years.

Learning from Froebel

A six-part series looking at Froebel’s continuing importance as an early years educator and thinker, which makes links between Froebel’s approach and the EYFS, and demonstrates Froebel in action at Yellow Dot Nurseries.


A three-part guide to supporting children to make a successful transition from the Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1, by Julie Fisher.

The Developing Brain

How babies learn, both in the womb and after they are born, by one of the UK's most eminent experts in infant cognitive development, Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith.


Practitioners from Pen Green Nursery, Corby, share their observations of different children and the schemas that they are exploring.

Young Children Thinking

A guide to understanding how young children think and how best to support their developing skills, by Marion Dowling.

Observation, Assessment and Planning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

An eight-part guide to one of the most challenging aspects of the EYFS framework, by renowned early years consultant Helen Bromley. The pack includes further reading suggestions and discussion points. Themes include enabling environments, planning for achievement, observation, listening to children, record-keeping and reporting and describing progress.

Child Development

A 10-part guide to child development in the early years, covering language, communication, awareness, behaviour, memory, relationships, the brain and physical and emotional development.


A six-part series by Helen Moylett on how to promote communication skills in babies and young children, with an overview of the essentials of good early years practice and a focus on particular themes including bilingualism and working with parents.


Best practice articles on supporting young children who speak more than one language.

Communication & Language

A six-part series from the team at the University of Liverpool and ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD).


A six-part guide by Judith Dancer, exploring the different elements of EYFS maths, with practical ideas for babies, toddlers and young children.

Positive Relationships

The Adult Role

A four-part series on the adult role in supporting early learning, by early years consultant, trainer and author Julie Fisher

Working with Parents

Nursery World articles on different aspects of maintaining and developing relationships with the most important people in a child’s life.

Challenging Behaviour

A series on how to support children who cannot stay in control - the ultimate challenge for practitioners. By Pat Gordon-Smith.


An understanding of attachment is central to delivering the Positive relationships strand of the Early Years Foundation Stage. A five-part series by early years consultant Anne O'Connor.

Key People

A guide to the concept and practice of the now mandatory key person in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

A Parent's Guide To…

Nursery World's popular series of guides for parents, to everything from tantrums to sleep to tooth brushing.

Parenting Programmes

A series on different early intervention projects to help parents support their children’s learning and behaviour.

Curriculum & Activities

EYFS activities - Cultural institutions around the country

In this series, museums, galleries and other cultural institutions from around the country present a host of activities related to their collection and location - from magnets at the Discovery in Newcastle to a lighthouse at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich

An A to Z of enhancements

How can continuous provision be enhanced with specific additions to encourage children to deepen their understanding. By Amy Jackson, EYFS specialist at Ormiston Herman Academy, Gorleston

Supporting SEND

An eight-part series by Georgina Durrant on practical ways to support the development of essential skills in children from birth to five, including those with SEND

Education for Sustainability

In this series on introducing UNESCO's Sustainable Development Goals to young children, Dr Diane Boyd explains the context of each and offers ideas for related activities

Your Outdoor Calendar

Topical activities and tasks to help get your children outside all year round, from Julie Mountain

Birth to three...

Advice and ideas on essential physical skills and how to support them in children from birth to three, from physical development expert Dr Lala Manners

Sharing Rhymes

Penny Tassoni offers ideas for sharing different rhymes with children, plus activities to extend their learning.

Sharing books

Penny Tassoni looks at ideas for sharing a range of fiction and non-fiction titles, from rhyming books for babies to picture books that adults and children can explore together.

Mathematics in the EYFS

An 11-part series on helping children to begin exploring mathematical ideas, by Sheila Ebbutt and Carole Skinner.


A four-part series on introducing music into the everyday practice of early years settings, by MERYC UK.

EYFS Activities: Music Time

This six part series comes complete with free downloads to a load of Boogie Mites' resources, and covers storytelling, neuroscience, joy, and outdoors among other things. By Sue Newman (with a word on rhyme from Michael Rosen)

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