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Charlotte Goddard looks at the training and support available to early years practitioners responsible for children in the 18 to 36 months age group

How – and why – one setting created a library for two-year-olds and their parents. By Amina Khan, early childhood educator at Everton Nursery School and Family Centre in Liverpool

How research among parents in East London led to a new way of providing SEND services. By Annette Rawstrone

How doulas are providing valuable support to women in Bradford. By Meredith Jones Russell

A Baby Room Project in East Sussex is improving interactions with children under 18 months, report Laura Piper and Verity Green

The quality of adult-child interactions are critical to the well-being and brain development of a baby and young child. When an adult responds to a baby’s babbling, gestures or cries with sensitive eye-contact, words or a hug, this builds and strengthens the neural connections in a baby’s brain. Such interactions are referred to as ‘serve and return’.

What are the developmental expectations for attention and listening in two- to three-year-olds and when should concerns be raised? By Anne-Marie Tassoni and Penny Tassoni

Outdoors is the very best place for babies and toddlers to explore, learn how the body works and to develop its potential, explains Julie Mountain

Why movement is important for the youngest children and how settings can best provide opportunities to practise it. By Carol Archer

Supporting the physical development of children in their first year does not require specialist equipment, explains a new book by the Pre-school Learning Alliance