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Nurseries have different systems and policies on changing babies' nappies - why? Annette Rawstrone spoke to nursery practitioners.

The influences on today's childcare practice by the work of a pioneering European educator are explained by Mary Evans.

'Doctor, my son has awful nappy rash! It is red raw and he screams every time I clean him. I just can't get rid of it, I feel like a terrible mother!'

Sometimes, when a young child starts at nursery, it's the parents who suffer a trauma. The staff can help to settle them, says Saffia Farr.

Babies exhibit number-sensitivity almost from birth, but true numeracy develops a little later. Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith explains how.

Babies, toddlers and two-year-olds and the outdoors are a natural combination, with endless benefits for learning and development. Jan White explains where to find them.

Toys. They are everywhere. Gone are the days when they were only sold in toy shops. Now they are a few shelves away from the food in the supermarket and the aspirin in the chemist. They are not cheap, either. So, what is worth buying and, more importantly, what will genuinely help your child to learn?

A simple interaction shows symbolic play and social interaction between toddlers, says Anne O'Connor.

In its last few weeks in the womb a baby is already busy learning, says Annette Karmiloff-Smith, in the first of a new series on the developing brain.

A simple running game brings both physical and emotional growth for a toddler, says Anne O'Connor.