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Practitioners admit it is the question that often tries their patience, but it helps to think about a particular child's reasons for asking it, says Jennie Lindon.

Families are making huge gains from a simple programme where they come together to play and eat at school. Nicole Weinstein investigates.

Do young children consciously reject one parent and cling to the other? Cath Hunter offers advice for talking with families and getting through what may be a difficult phase for them.

Even young children may threaten to pack their bags and run away. Cath Hunter explains why, and offers ways to respond.

How to react tactfully to an innocent child's use of rude words or phrases can be a tricky issue for early years practitioners. Jennie Lindon has advice for talking to both children and parents.

How do you deal constructively with a young child's refusal to do what they're asked? Cath Hunter looks into a challenging phase.

Why does a child throw a tantrum at collection time? Cath Hunter explains how you can investigate.

... Or in the pink? Colour-coding and crass gender signalling persist even in these times of presumed equality. Anne O'Connor helps practitioners to negotiate the minefield of bias.

The principles and practice of one of the most influential thinkers on early childhood are outlined by Froebel scholar and early years writer Tina Bruce.

Why do children resist wearing coats, and if it's necessary, how should adults persuade them to? Cath Hunter has advice for all childcarers.