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Going to a museum will help children take an interest in things, and encouraging them to be collectors themselves will boost decision-making and confidence, writes Penny Tassoni

At the moment, Father Christmas will be topping children’s list of people to write to, but earlier in the year it was Arsenal Football Club and the Duchess of Cambridge for some, finds Annette Rawstrone

Communication, language and music are intrinsically linked, and it is important to understand this in the early years, writes Linda Pound

Learning about position involves fun, physical activities and will get you and your child out and about, explains Juliet Robertson

Activities that use computational thinking, such as giving a robot very simple instructions, teach problem-solving and encourages children to take a creative approach to technology. By Marc Faulder

Early years practitioners need to see learning – particularly in mathematics – not as abstract and ‘disembodied’ but as inherently concrete and ‘embodied’. Dr Jennifer S Thom explains why

Foundation Stage Units are in the spotlight amid Government plans to greater align EYFS and Key Stage 1 goals. Anne O’Connor outlines how they work and examines their benefits and challenges

With the right clothing, rainy days are an opportunity. By Julie Mountain

Children enjoy helping adults assemble furniture and equipment, and such construction projects have many benefits, writes Penny Tassoni

People and communities are the subject of the last part of our series on resourcing for Understanding the World. By Nicole Weinstein