A nursery's design, from the way spaces are laid out to how books are stored and the furniture and resources used, can make a big difference to children's learning and behaviour, says Nicole Weinstein.
How can settings ensure their sand and water provision meets the requirements of the new Education Inspection Framework, asks Penny Tassoni in part one of her new series
Providing children with access to loose parts materials enables them to use their imaginations in an endless variety of ways. Nicole Weinstein provides some examples of useful resources
It is important to provide a range of resources that children can access and use independently in the Reception classroom, writes Linda Pound
Use targeted resources that are meaningful to children to get them talking, says Judith Stevens.
In providing resources for playful learning we need to remember the process in which they will be...
The environment we provide for children should meet their needs to a point where they can direct...
Early years practitioners are themselves part of the provision in any setting. Anne O'Connor...
What is meant by continuous provision, and what does it require of early years practitioners? Anne...
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'.
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.
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.
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.
Think about what children can learn from using paint through the way your setting's provision is organised and what experiences are offered to them, says Jane Drake.
There are endless ways to incorporate music into your provision, says Jane Drake, and just as many things children can learn from it.
Resources for productive role play, and the best practice for organising and offering them, are outlined by Jane Drake in our series on continuous provision in an early years setting.
Make the most of water play by offering the best experiences and stocking the essential resources, as suggested by Jane Drake
The technology workshop can be amply stocked with simple and readily available resources and is an ideal area for adults to work alongside the children, as Jane Drake explains.
What to keep at the ready in your setting's malleable materials area - and what resources you can also find outdoors - are examined by Jane Drake.
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