Practice guides

Nursery World's acclaimed guides to practice in early years education and childcare, covering the Early Years Foundation Stage themes of A Unique Child, Enabling Environments, Positive Relationships and Learning & Development.

Enabling Environments

Practice Guide: Outdoors in Winter Outdoors in Winter
Creative approaches to outdoor play when it's cold, wet and windy, by Julie Mountain.

Practice Guide: The 7Cs Approach to Early Years Outdoor Space The 7Cs Approach to Early Years Outdoor Space
A four-part series by Julie Mountain, exploring the innovative 7Cs approach to outdoor space design for young children, including character, change and challenge.

Practice Guide: CollectionsCollections
This series aims to help practitioners be more responsive to children's interests and reflect on how thoughtful resourcing can truly broaden and progress their learning. It sets out what to include in a core collection for everyday use.

Pracrtice Guide: Treasure Baskets & Heuristic PlayTreasure Baskets and Heuristic Play
Elinor Goldschmied developed treasure baskets for babies who can sit up and the heuristic play approach for toddlers. Her ideas are still helping to provide a rich and nurturing environment for babies and young children to thrive mentally, emotionally and physically.

Practice Guide: Outdoor Provision & PlayOutdoor Provision & Play
Ideas, support and information for best practice in outdoor provision and play in the Early Years Foundation Stage. With a wealth of articles on all aspects of the outdoors, including forest schools, gardening and the best early years resources for your setting. An invaluable guide to this vital area of early years practice.

Practice Guide: Around the nurseryAround the Nursery
What is 'continuous provision', why is it so important and how does it fit into Early Years Foundation Stage practice? A guide to what practitioners need to be providing on a daily basis in every area of the early years setting to ensure they are offering a truly 'enabling environment'.

Practice Guide: Continuous provisionContinuous Provision
What is meant by continuous provision, and what does it require of early years practitioners? Anne O'Connor explains the key elements in this four-part series.

Practice Guide: Outdoors and ActiveOutdoors and Active
A four-part series by Julie Mountain on the London Borough of Newham project supporting movement in two- and three-year-olds.

Practice Guide: Essential ExperiencesEssential Experiences
Penny Tassoni shows how to provide a range of experiences to support young children’s learning and development.

A Unique Child

sendSEND Code of Practice
Best practice under the new Special Education Needs and Disability Code of Practice is explained by Dr Kay Mathieson.

int-reviewIntegrated Review
Dr Kay Mathieson looks at the new Integrated Review and its implications for early years practitioners.

Nursery World’s special report on all aspects of young children’s health, from physical fitness to emotional well-being, immunisation and more.

nursery-food-guideNursery Food
Expert advice on providing healthy food in early years settings and educating young children about eating well.

Inclusive Practice
Your guide to being a fully inclusive setting. A four-part series based on the themes and principles of the EYFS

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

Practice Guide: The A to Z of inclusive practiceA to Z of Inclusive Practice
A guide to all aspects of inclusive practice from early years consultant Mary Dickins.

Equality & Diversity
An eight-part guide for early years practitioners on successfully implementing anti-bias practice, by Anne O'Connor.

Practice Guide: Well-beingWell-being
A four-part series in which Marion Dowling explores aspects of children's personal development

Practice Guide: Practice in picturesPractice In Pictures
Observation and assessment of young children is the starting point for supporting their individual needs. Anne O'Connor shows how

A Doctor's Diary, by Dr Raj ThakkarA Doctor's Diary
Dr Raj Thakkar offers expert medical advice for nursery practitioners on a range of common childhood illnesses

Nutrition: How to make the most of ...Nutrition: How to make the most of…
Tasty ways to get young children loving common foods.

Case studies of individual children with different needs and the inclusive practice of the early years settings that care for them.


Learning & Development

school Early Years in School
Nursery World’s special report on school early years provision to inspire and support learning.

Practice Guide: Collections Two-year-olds by Penny Tassoni
This 12-part series by Penny Tassoni, renowned early years expert, author and trainer, offers invaluable advice on all aspects of learning, development and behaviour of two-year-old children.

Prime Areas of the EYFS
Expert advice on the new Prime Areas of the revised Early Years Foundation Stage - Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, and Communication and Language. Focus on three to fives and under-threes.

Specific Areas of the EYFS
Leading experts on the new Specific Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage - Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design - and how to achieve best practice.

Practice Guide: How Children LearnHow Children Learn
In a three-part series, Jan Dubiel considers the meaning of the characteristics of effective teaching and learning - Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creativity and Critical Thinking - highlighted in the revised EYFS.

Practitioner Role
A four-part series by Julie Fisher, with advice for practitioners on better understanding their role in supporting early learning and identifying what helps interaction with young children.

Practice Guide: School ReadinessSchool Readiness
The phrase 'school readiness' is taking a high profile in Government reports and policy, but what does it mean, and how should early years practitioners respond? David Whitebread and Sue Bingham look at perspectives that can inform planning for children's learning.

Your guide to the revised EYFSYour Guide to The Revised EYFS
Ann Langston examines the proposed changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage, giving an overview of progress so far and focusing on observation, assessment and planning.

Practice Guide: Supporting BoysSupporting Boys
Advice, information and ideas for supporting boys to become confident and competent learners.

Practice Guide: Physical DevelopmentPhysical Development
Freedom of movement is essential for children's developing minds and emotions as well as their bodies. Anne O'Connor and Anna Daly give expert advice on physical development.

A complete guide to supporting young children and their families accessing early learning under the funded places programme

Music in the Early Years
Music is important in promoting young children’s cognitive development, well-being and enjoyment. Linda Pound’s series examines how music can support early learning across all areas of the curriculum.

Computational Thinking
Computational skills need to be reflected in curricula and practice, as Marc Faulder shows in this series about teaching computational thinking in the early years.

Learning from Froebel
A six-part series looking at Froebel’s continuing importance as an early years educator and thinker, which makes links between Froebel’s approach and the EYFS, and demonstrates Froebel in action at Yellow Dot Nurseries.

Practice Guide: TransitionsTransitions
A three-part guide to supporting children to make a successful transition from the Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1, by Julie Fisher.

Practice Guide: The Developing BrainThe Developing Brain
How babies learn, both in the womb and after they are born, by one of the UK's most eminent experts in infant cognitive development, Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith.

Practice Guide: SchemasSchemas
Practitioners from Pen Green Nursery, Corby, share their observations of different children and the schemas that they are exploring.

Practice Guide: Young Children ThinkingYoung Children Thinking
A guide to understanding how young children think and how best to support their developing skills, by Marion Dowling.

Practice Guide: Observation, Assessment & Planning in the EYFSObservation, Assessment and Planning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
An eight-part guide to one of the most challenging aspects of the EYFS framework, by renowned early years consultant Helen Bromley. The pack includes further reading suggestions and discussion points. Themes include enabling environments, planning for achievement, observation, listening to children, record-keeping and reporting and describing progress.

Practice Guide: Child DevelopmentChild Development

A 10-part guide to child development in the early years, covering language, communication, awareness, behaviour, memory, relationships, the brain and physical and emotional development.

Practice Guide: CommunicationCommunication

A six-part series by Helen Moylett on how to promote communication skills in babies and young children, with an overview of the essentials of good early years practice and a focus on particular themes including bilingualism and working with parents.

Early Years PioneersEarly Years Pioneers
Nursery World's series on the early years pioneers that have shaped current practice, including Piaget, Froebel and Margaret McMillan - an essential resource for students and practitioners alike.

multilingualism Multilingualism
Best practice articles on supporting young children who speak more than one language.

psed Personal, social and emotional development
A three-part series by Marion Dowling explains why PSED is the top priority for supporting children to grow and learn.

cl Communication & Language
A six-part series from the team at the University of Liverpool and ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD).

Starting Points – Child DevelopmentStarting Points – Child Development
A 12-part guide to meeting the emotional and learning needs of the unique child, by Julia Manning-Morton.

Mathematics Mathematics
A six-part guide by Judith Dancer, exploring the different elements of EYFS maths, with practical ideas for babies, toddlers and young children.

EYFS Best Practice in Schools EYFS Best Practice in Schools
A twice-termly focus on different aspects of early years best practice in schools.



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Positive Relationships.

parentsWorking with Parents
Nursery World articles on different aspects of maintaining and developing relationships with the most important people in a child’s life.

Practice Guide: Challenging BehaviourChallenging Behaviour
A series on how to support children who cannot stay in control - the ultimate challenge for practitioners. By Pat Gordon-Smith

Practice Guide: AttachmentAttachment
An understanding of attachment is central to delivering the Positive relationships strand of the Early Years Foundation Stage. A five-part series by early years consultant Anne O'Connor.

Practice Guide: Key peopleKey People
A guide to the concept and practice of the now mandatory key person in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Parents' GuidesA Parent's Guide To…
Nursery World's popular series of guides for parents, to everything from tantrums to sleep to tooth brushing.

twosbehaviourTwo-Year-Olds' Behaviour
Julia Manning-Morton's series on the development and behaviour of two-year-olds.

“ParentingParenting Programmes
A series on different early intervention projects to help parents support their children’s learning and behaviour.

Curriculum & Activities

Activities: MusicMusic
A four-part series on introducing music into the everyday practice of early years settings, by MERYC UK

Activities: Let's ExploreLet's Explore
Activities inspired by popular early years themes

Art in the Early Years
Best practice in helping young children to develop their creativity

Visits and Visitors
A guide to best practice in organising group visits with early years children

Activities: Mathematics in the EYFSMathematics in the EYFS
An 11-part series on helping children to begin exploring mathematical ideas, by Sheila Ebbutt and Carole Skinner

Activities: Science in the early yearsScience in the Early Years
Force, friction, electricity, sound, and light are explored by Linda Thornton and Pat Brunton