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Early years practitioners have a vital role to play in developing healthy sleeping habits for the babies and young children in their care. Jackie Hardie explains her nursery’s approach

Using Persona Dolls helps explain to children why differences between them and their peers should be appreciated. Trainer Babette Brown reveals how it works with an interactive story example

The rise of veganism means settings must be prepared to cater for this dietary choice. Mary Llewellin reports

How ‘A Better Start’ is improving outcomes for children in Blackpool, Bradford, Southend, Nottingham and Lambeth. By Charlotte Goddard

At the Mulberry Bush nursery in Southampton, the winner of Nursery World’s Nursery Food Award 2017, its manager says ‘it is all about cooking with love’. Karen Faux finds out about its food ethos

Is your nursery space working for or against gender diversity? Dr Jen Lyttleton-Smith examines why promoting gender diversity and avoiding stereotypical roles is important when working with young children, and how settings can change their practice and environment for the better

How does the ability to form and retrieve memories develop in children, why is it important to early learning, and how can adults help to stimulate it? Anne O’Connor reports

Apples are easy to grow, have many health benefits and are a versatile cooking ingredient, says Mary Llewellin, who also makes a few suggestions on what to do with them

As packed lunches look set to become more common, Dr Patricia Lucas assesses their quality and launches a survey to find out more

In an extract from her book on the subject, Tamsin Grimmer explains ‘core and radial schema’ and its relevance to the early years