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Politeness and manners are a concern for parents, but the meaning and intention behind ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘sorry’ must be taught, not just the words themselves, says Caroline Vollans

How should practitioners deal with a child who is always angry and is making life difficult for everyone at the setting? Cath Hunter explores some strategies both for nursery and for home

A snippet of Nursery World history and years of sound advice to parents are revealed in a new book about Susan Isaacs

A child who is always feeling unwell or hurt when they have no physical cause to be may need emotional support, explains Cath Hunter

The child who always wants to please is evidently kind and caring, but this behaviour could be masking low self-esteem and other problems that need to be addressed, explains Cath Hunter

Ahead of next month’s Anti-Bullying Week, Caroline Vollans examines what bullying behaviour actually is and shows how practitioners can encourage children’s kindness and co-operation

Dealing with conflict is an important life skill, so practitioners must weigh up when to step in and provide a solution – and when to let the children sort it out for themselves, explains Nicola Watson

Children struggling in Reception and Year 1 with behavioural and emotional problems are being helped to become more confident learners at a specialist centre in Everton. By Caroline Vollans

Being able to make friends is easier for some than it is for others, but practitioners can help all children to form relationships. Marion Dowling explains how

In an extract from her book on understanding children’s behaviour, Cath Hunter explains some of the underlying reasons behind difficult behaviour and how it can best be managed by adults