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How the Healthy Early Years London programme is benefiting children and staff in the capital. Meredith Jones Russell reports

Sensory experiences are vital to healthy brain development, explain Anne O’Connor and Dr Kath Dickinson in part one of a new series

The quality of adult-child interactions are critical to the well-being and brain development of a baby and young child. When an adult responds to a baby’s babbling, gestures or cries with sensitive eye-contact, words or a hug, this builds and strengthens the neural connections in a baby’s brain. Such interactions are referred to as ‘serve and return’.

Garlic is simple and popular to grow in a nursery.

Caring for a child with SEND needn’t be daunting. Maureen Hunt offers childminders advice on how to meet a child’s needs and raise aspirations

Practitioners must understand how two-year-olds communicate through behaviour, and the important part played by adult role-modelling, explains Charlotte Goddard

What lies behind some children’s fussy eating habits, and how can practitioners and parents overcome the problem? Meredith Jones-Russell reports

Cooking and preparing food outdoors in all weathers can be challenging, as one Cornish nursery found out – but there are many benefits for children. Nicole Weinstein reports

How one nursery in the West Midlands helped a Punjabi-speaking girl become a confident talker in English before moving on to school. By Annette Rawstrone

Children’s well-being can be greatly improved through practising mindfulness outdoors. Annie Davy explains how settings can go about this