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 in Schools: Foundation Stage Units - All in one

Foundation Stage Units are in the spotlight amid Government plans to greater align EYFS and Key Stage 1 goals. Anne O’Connor outlines how they work and examines their benefits and challenges

Areas of Learning

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EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… assembling kits

Children enjoy helping adults assemble furniture and equipment, and such construction projects have many benefits, writes Penny Tassoni

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Enabling Environments: Collections - Where are we from?

People and communities are the subject of the last part of our series on resourcing for Understanding the World. By Nicole Weinstein

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EYFS Activities: Five things to do on… a rainy day

With the right clothing, rainy days are an opportunity. By Julie Mountain

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Learning & Development: Music: Part 3 - In the mood

How experimenting with music aids children’s personal, social and emotional development and promotes self-regulation. Linda Pound explains, and offers practical...

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Learning & Development: Literacy - As hard as ABC

A defunct alphabet that was used in schools in the 1960s and 70s provides important lessons for current approaches to the literacy teaching of young children, discovers...