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


A Unique Child: Cognitive Development - Boys and girls

Gender differences in behaviour are widely accepted and extensively researched, but only now are studies revealing the biological influences in children, say Kyra Karmiloff and Annette Karmiloff-Smith....


Positive Relationships: Behaviour - Dress sense

How should you respond when a boy takes to dressing up as a girl? Sue Chambers offers advice.


Enabling Environments: Role play - Home sweet home

If boys use the home corner less than girls, it may be wise to broaden your resources, says Anne O'Connor.


Learning & Development: Superhero Play - Super girls and boys

What's the difference between a superhero and a fairy godmother? It depends on who you ask. Michael Jones explores how adult attitudes can encourage or stifle children's...


Nursery Equipment: Gender - Feeling blue?

... Or in the pink? Colour-coding and crass gender signalling persist even in these times of presumed equality. Anne O'Connor helps practitioners to negotiate the...


A Unique Child: Inclusion - In the pink

Early years practitioners can do a lot to challenge gender stereotypes and avoid limiting the choices for both girls and boys, says Phoebe Doyle.


Positive Relationships: A parent's guide to ... Gender

Penny Tassoni explains how young children begin to understand gender


A Unique Child: Sexualisation - Body image

A Government report warns about the sexualisation of children and lays the blame on media and retailers. Melanie Defries investigates.


Positive Relationships: Let's talk about ... Pink

There's a lot of the colour about, but does it pose challenges for nursery practitioners? Melanie Defries hears about their experiences with children.


Equality and Diversity: Part 2 - Gender

Treating males and females as equal is not always easy in early years settings dealing with an unbalanced workforce and families' different cultural beliefs, says...


Positive relationships: Ask the expert ... Boys and girls

Practitioners need to be careful to treat children as individuals when establishing a sense of gender identity, advises Dr Maria Robinson.


Positive Relationships: Boys - Why gender matters

Practitioners need to rethink how they regard boys and girls, whether as equals or as naturally different, to support their learning, writes Maria Robinson.


A Unique Child: Practice in pictures - Pretty in pink

Seeing a young boy do something considered feminine provokes some extended thinking about traditional gender roles and stereotypes. Anne O'Connor explores the issues...


Positive Relationships: Behaviour - Wild things?

When boys are playing boisterously and causing disruption, it may be time to look again at what type of activities are being provided for them, advises Penny Tassoni....


EYFS best practice: All about ... Superhero play

What is superhero play? Why do children enjoy it? Should adults restrict it? And how can early years practitioners support this form of play? Nicole Weinstein provides...