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An award-winning art gallery has been running sessions to encourage children to engage with and explore its collections. Sue Owen finds out why the project was a hit with childminders.

Walking and running are both challenging locomotor skills for children to master. But the right approach can maximise opportunities for learning, says Lala Manners.

Setting children on the path to a healthy life should start with supporting their well-being and capitalise on their instincts, imagination and freedom to choose. By Pat Gordon-Smith

These dark spaces hold the promise of adventure for children and can promote fun, learning and creativity, says Marianne Sargent.

Extending ways to build children's physical strength with a range of interesting resources and activities is easy - and vital, says Julie Mountain.

Providing opportunities for active outdoor play significantly increases children's agility and it need not be expensive, says Julie Mountain.

Playing outdoors after dark can be exciting and challenging. Julie Mountain advises on making the most of outside spaces all day.

A shortage of sand and water for play can cause squabbles. Anne O'Connor advises on creative ways of providing this popular resource.

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.