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Singing is a powerful form of communication, and one that both practitioners and parents of all musical abilities should be encouraged to use with the children in their care. Penny Tassoni explains

With foreign language learning being introduced in primary schools for Key Stage 2, practitioners have an opportunity to help children prepare. Opal Dunn considers the best approach.

With a view to introducing den play at her school, Louise Nicholls carried out a research project looking at the impact this type of play can have on young children. She shares her findings.

Parents play a crucial role in helping children learn to communicate - but there is not a one-size-fits-all approach, says Penny Tassoni.

Requiring only simple materials, block play nevertheless gives children the power to bring imaginary worlds to life. Michael Follett suggests handing over creative control.

Michelle Tarry explains that taking a course in signs and symbols has helped her to teach children of all abilities.

One nursery has immersed children in traditional fairy tales by doing much more than simply reading the stories to them, reports Meredith Jones Russell.

Auditory discrimination is an important factor for children when they are learning to read, and it is a skill that parents and children can work on together at home. Penny Tassoni explains.

One of the skills that children need to develop in order to read and write is called auditory discrimination.

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.