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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Schemas - A missing link?

‘Action schemas’ are reflected in young children’s emerging language, explains Dr Cath Arnold, using observations of three children in conversation

Areas of Learning

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Speech - In the clear

What are the effects of dummy use on young children’s speech and language development? Radhika Kovendrakumar gives advice, based on research she did for her pre-school...

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EYFS Activities: Sharing books… We’re Going on an Egg Hunt

Penny Tassoni has ideas for sharing We're Going on an Egg Hunt that will work all year round

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EYFS Activities: We’ve explored… San Bushmen

What one outdoor setting discovered about the culture of hunter-gatherers in Africa. Annette Rawstrone reports

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EYFS Activities: We’ve explored… our bodies

How one setting helped children explore their senses and the ways the human body works. By Annette Rawstrone

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EYFS Activities: Sharing books… Monkey Puzzle

While Julia Donaldson is best known for The Gruffalo, she has written many other children’s books that are worth sharing with children, says Penny Tassoni