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Teddy bears have a unique role in children's lives and are an invaluable developmental resource. Nicole Weinstein goes on the hunt.

The transportation schema allows practitioners to witness the advance of learning. Nicole Weinstein shares her advice on supporting it.

Wheeled toys such as trikes, bikes and scooters aren't just good fun - they also provide developmental benefits. Nicole Weinstein looks at how to make the most of them.

Pack-away nurseries need be creative to make their settings work. Nicole Weinstein asks three how they manage their storage solutions.

The outdoors offers opportunities to get creative with role play. Nicole Weinstein suggests how practitioners might provide resources to support, and build on, children's natural interests.

This natural material opens up opportunities for children to experiment and explore both real and imaginary worlds - and a mud kitchen makes a good central point.

Loose parts resources, which can be found, recycled or bought, empower children's creativity and inventiveness, particularly in the outdoor environment. Nicole Weinstein gives some tips.

In the second instalment of a two-part series on pattern, Nicole Weinstein looks at language, movement and sound - and suggests some resources for assisting exploration and learning.

In the first of a two-part series on pattern, Nicole Weinstein looks at the concept that underpins it all - mathematics -and suggests resources to encourage children to design, build or observe patterns in order to make sense of the world around them.

Providing babies and toddlers with a variety of textures and other sensory resources lets them make the most of their natural tendency to explore. Nicole Weinstein gives some pointers.