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Let the children take on a new identity with fun dressing-up activities from Alice Sharp.

Use one of the best known nursery rhymes to soothe babies and inspire imitative play by toddlers, says Judith Stevens.

Jack in a box

To an infant, moving into group care from the familiar relationships of home can be like arriving in a foreign country. But a practitioner's thoughtful, personal interactions can bridge the gap, says Rod Parker-Rees

Offer the under-threes simple objects to manipulate and mark with and hone their skills, suggests Marie Richardson

Walking round the garden, Like a teddy bear, One step, Two steps, Tickly under there! It's really important to introduce rhymes and finger play to very young children. This simple...

Should you give your child a dummy? It's a seemingly simple question but a difficult one to answer. Only you can decide whether your child should have one, but it is worth weighing up the pros and cons.

Let children explore a new line of thinking through play with ribbons, laces and cords, as Alice Sharp suggests.

I hear thunder

Children start to understand the world by exploring objects, writes Jools Page, Senior Early Childhood Consultant, Kent