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A grant from the Worcestershire Arts Development Project allowed the children of Broadway Playgroup to create a jungle-themed mosaic We linked up with local community artist Alison Ogle, who suggested the playgroup made a mosaic. The children had been doing work based on Giles Andreae's book, Rumble in the Jungle. They loved the topic so much that we chose the jungle as the mosaic's theme.

On behalf of our readers, staff in nurseries and schools around the country have put a wide range of products through their paces to assess their value in the workplace, and given each item a star rating UNDER-THREES

Playworkers are in a good position to free a child from a restrictive role they have adopted due to their family dynamics, explains Andrea Clifford-Poston Children are never simply themselves. They carry with them all sorts of thoughts and ideas about themselves inherited from family life, particularly from their role in the family. Conflict is inevitable in families, and in order to survive, all families have to find their own particular way of managing tensions. Often this is done ...

Ride-on toys for the under-threes are not just for fun - they help promote self-confidence, spatial awareness and gross motor skills Traditional ride-ons

It's all around us, but how do children explore something as invisible as the air? The final part of our elements series offers ideas from Gail Ryder Richardson Air is an invisible force that has an unpredictable nature. In the eyes of young children it takes on an almost magical quality when it swirls autumn leaves, whips their hair around their faces, bends branches, lifts kites and flips umbrellas inside out.

It's all around us, but how do children explore something as invisible as the air? The final part of our elements series offers ideas from Gail Ryder Richardson

On behalf of our readers, staff in nurseries, schools and out-of-school clubs around the country have put a wide range of products through their paces to assess their value in the workplace, and given each item a star rating UNDER-THREES

Is it fair or accurate to say that a particular child has a high IQ? Penny Tassoni takes a look at varying concepts of intelligence

Is it fair or accurate to say that a particular child has a high IQ? Penny Tassoni takes a look at varying concepts of intelligence A parent anxiously goes up to an early years practitioner during an open afternoon. She is desperate for information. Not about what her three-year-old has been doing, his friends or favourite games, but about his intelligence. She wants to find out whether or not he is likely to pass the school entrance test when he is 11.

There's a fascinating world you can find in the classroom and in the children's imaginations, with the help of these activities and resources outlined by Helen Shelbourne A summer project on jungles provides many exciting and creative opportunities to explore a habitat very different from our own.

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