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There's no end to the learning as well as the fun that can be found in creating a habitat for minibeasts, says Julie Mountain, a consultant working for Learning Through Landscapes.

Boys were encouraged to discover new ways to play, learn and practise independence outdoors in a project described by Julie Mountain.

An art project by a London children's centre aims to send reassurance to children in Japan. Lead artist Rosie Potter explains how it evolved.

The benefits of providing risky activities to children and keeping their parents on board are explained by Sylvie Gambell and Ben Hasan.

Painting offers young children a world of opportunities for experimentation and expression, so early years settings should equip them with ample materials and varied techniques.

The essential provision for a creative art environment takes account of the space and materials made available and the display of children's finished works.

The whole learning environment in which young children spend their time needs to offer quality language provision, says Helen Moylett.

Using simple tools with simple rules will reward children with a wealth of learning and skills development, says early years consultant Linda Pound.

Museums today are shedding their old 'look-don't-touch' image and welcoming young children and their carers, says Rachael Woodhead.

In this the eleventh National Strategies feature on the Early Years Foundation Stage, Kim Porter, senior adviser at Every Child a Talker, and early years regional advisers Jonathan Doherty and Kairen Smith, reflect on the nature and challenges of risk taking and being brave.