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The development of gross motor skills manifests itself in many forms, but how can we best support children's physical learning? Early years consultant Penny Tassoni offers some expert insight

Children will sometimes take things that do not belong to them, but this isn't necessarily stealing. Sue Chambers explains why.

A lack of consideration for others is seen as the root of many social problems - hence the key role of the early years in developing empathy in children.

Make sure that your setting is offering sufficient opportunities and resources to provide for the common play patterns and schemas of two-year-old children, advises Penny Tassoni.

Extending ways to build children's physical strength with a range of interesting resources and activities is easy - and vital, says Julie Mountain.

Fathers' Story Week provides a great opportunity to welcome dads into your setting and to encourage them to read regularly with their children.

If a child stops breathing and goes stiff after an upsetting episode, they may be experiencing breath-holding spells. Sue Chambers explains.

It is crucial for parents to understand the value of the integrated health and early years reviews for two-year-olds, and practitioners must be able to answer their questions, says Sue Robb, Head of Early Years, 4Children.

When a child doesn't play with other children there are a number of factors to consider before deciding on a strategy, says Sue Chambers.

The economic incentives offered to encourage mothers to return to work ignore the parent's crucial role in the early years, Sally Goddard Blythe believes