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Rain continued to be a source of fascination, says Caroline Watts, forest school leader, Reflections Nursery & Forest School, Worthing, West Sussex

Community Playthings' new resource 'Play and the Revised EYFS' has advice on how to create enabling environments

In a bid to improve creative opportunities for the under-fives and their families in Somerset, four artists were placed in nine children's centres. Louise Monks reports on the project's progress.

On this week's visit to the woodland, nettles and orchids, a snail shell and a puddle all caught the children's attention, says Caroline Watts, forest school leader, Reflections Nursery & Forest School, Worthing, West Sussex

A menagerie of pets is bringing joy and learning benefits to the children of St Edward's C of E School in Rochdale, says head teacher Lynne Coxell.

In this extract from the guide Playing to Learn, author Di Chilvers points out that, in order to teach children, we need to tune into their existing world of play.

Sue Ball, of Setting Sail Day Nursery, Harrogate, describes the development of her Forest School and the benefits for the children.

Children pass through different developmental stages in their style of block play. Anne O'Connor offers advice on making the most of this activity for two-year-olds.

The play and learning opportunities that one mud hole can provide are extensive. Julie Mountain describes the creativity and experimentation encouraged by playing dirty.

Revisiting the forest was a day of discovery for the children of Reflections Nursery & Forest School, Worthing, West Sussex, says Martin Pace, director