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

Picking up rhymes supported by physical actions seems to be innate in children. But how adults mediate is important for later literacy development, says Opal Dunn

Viv Hampshire recreates the setting of picture book Dear Zoo in a local park so a group of children can learn about animals and their habitats.

Poetry is for everyone, as leading children's poet Michael Rosen tells Karen Faux, with suggestions for introducing rhyme in an early years setting.

Listening to four- and fourteen-year-olds is shedding light on children's early learning experiences, as Dr Jacqui Cousins explains in this extended version of the article in the latest issue of Nursery World

Viv Hampshire explains how she organised a story walk to bring the popular picture book We're Going on a Bear Hunt to life.

Education is not just something delivered to children by adults, but a process that arises from the experiences and the environment of their daily lives, say Tullia Musatti and Susanna Mayer.

The writing's on the wall with a simple, fun game from a new book by Penny Tassoni helping children to develop their numbers and letters.

The whole learning environment in which young children spend their time needs to offer quality language provision, says Helen Moylett.

A Nativity play led on naturally to puppet making and a puppet show for Chinese New Year. Tessa Fenoughty describes how.