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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Brain Development - Big brain?

How the human brain evolved can teach us a lot about the way it learns and the most effective methods of teaching, says Professor Paul Howard-Jones in this extract from his book

Areas of Learning

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Guide to: Social Mobility policies

The Government has recently announced a raft of initiatives targeted at closing the disadvantage gap in the early years. Hannah Crown disentangles them

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EYFS Activities: We've explored… animation

The children at one setting created sophisticated animations that were shown at their local cinema. By Annette Rawstrone

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Animals - Go live!

Being with animals, either in a setting or on a farm, has a plethora of benefits for children, says nursery owner Jackie Hardie

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Non-Verbal Communication - Eye to eye

Understanding non-verbal communication will help practitioners get on with parents, finds Charlotte Goddard

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Sharing books… No Roses for Harry

Penny Tassoni has ideas for sharing a much-loved book