Learning & development

The Learning & Development theme of the EYFS, including child development, Prime and Specific Areas of Learning and activities. Regular case studies showcase best practice from early years settings.

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EYFS best practice: All about… schematic learning

Understanding children’s schemas, or ‘patterns of behaviour and thinking’, enables practitioners to support them as they use them to deepen their learning, explain Professor Tina Bruce CBE, Dr Stella Louis...

Areas of Learning

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EYFS Activities: Sharing books… Bear and Hare: Mine!

by Emily Gravett (Two Hoots/Pan MacMillan)

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EYFS Activities: We’ve explored… art

One setting took children’s artwork to another level by exhibiting it at a major gallery, discovers Annette Rawstrone

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EYFS Activities: Five ways to explore… Tarpaulins

If you don’t already have a tarp collection at your setting, perhaps these ideas will tempt you, says Julie Mountain

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Speech & Language: Part 10 - Full attention

Anne-Marie Tassoni and Penny Tassoni explain ways to help children aged three to five who struggle to follow instructions or sit quietly during group times

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Sensory Processing, Part 1 - Making sense

Sensory experiences are vital to healthy brain development, explain Anne O’Connor and Dr Kath Dickinson in part one of a new series