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Observing children's schemas is not only a useful way to shape play - there is evidence that these patterns of behaviour offer guidance to individuals' emotions. Kath Tayler looks at a case study.

Ensuring that babies mature in a positive manner is an important but challenging task, says Bernadette Duffy

A project from Bookstart is offering children's centre staff a way to work more closely with disadvantaged families. Ruth Thomson explains.

An understanding of fine motor skills and how they affect children's development can help you to provide the best type of resources and support. Penny Tassoni offers expert insight.

Although confidence in children is to be celebrated, over-friendliness with strangers could be a warning sign of something serious and should not be ignored, advises Sue Chambers.

The children's centre teacher team from the Birth to Five Service, Lincolnshire County Council, are providing an article for us on a monthly basis linked to working with parents and building relationships.

One nursery is replicating the primary school lunch experience to help children adjust more easily to the change. Nicole Weinstein explains.

Settling in and building relationships are key challenges for settings involved in the two-year-old programme, and nurseries can find ways to smooth the process, says Penny Tassoni.

Mindful carers are needed to ensure that children with different needs get the right amount of stimulation. Anne O'Connor explains.

Practitioners should aim to give children the best possible chance for meaningful communication and language learning, advises Kay Mathieson.