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Practitioners should acknowledge the feelings that separation can trigger in a young child, a parent and themselves, says Anne O'Connor.

The lasting effects of loving interactions between babies and their parents and early years practitioners are borne out in a project explained by Veronica Lawrence and Claire Stevenson.

An interesting debate about group times arose among a group of nursery managers and trainers I was with recently.

Do practitioners need to be careful about the colours or visual contrasts they put before young babies? Julian Grenier takes a look at scientific evidence.

WINNER: Baby Mouse House, TTS Group

Developing a neglected area into a garden enabling free-flow access to the outdoors has transformed the under-twos' day at one nursery, as Ruth Thomson hears.

Having looked at 'treasure-basket play', Penny Tassoni looks at how this type of play can be developed with toddlers into something known as 'heuristic play'.

Day-nursery baby rooms cater for babies aged from six weeks to around 18 months, and are typically open from 8am until 6pm, Monday to Friday, throughout the year.

Penny Tassoni explains why treasure basket play is a fantastic experience for young children and how you can do it at home

The importance of reciprocal expressions between a baby and an adult carer, and finding opportunities that enable it, are explored by Anne O'Connor.