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Penny Tassoni has plenty of activities with shapes and sizes to try at home

Teaching the concepts of shape and size requires the right vocabulary, but incorporating everyday tasks, jigsaw puzzles and construction is equally important - and ideal at home, says Penny Tassoni

Free books for children and adults are to be handed out at food banks during the festive period, thanks to a partnership between Booktrust and The Trussell Trust food bank network.

The values nurtured in the early years shape how children approach the wider world later in life. But which values are beneficial and how do we balance different interests? By Marion Dowling

History, and the Child Study Movement in particular, can provide some important learning about observation and record keeping. Tina Bruce, Stella Louis and Georgie McCall offer some clarity on the main issues.

An award-winning art gallery has been running sessions to encourage children to engage with and explore its collections. Sue Owen finds out why the project was a hit with childminders.

Following children's interests sparked a project to build an eco-friendly bird hide at a setting in Liverpool. Marianne Sargent explains.

A more detailed breakdown of the EYFS Profile statistics, published today, shows that the gap has widened between children with special educational needs and their peers.

It's time to have proper assessment of young children, says early years consultant Penny Tassoni

The early years sector is calling on the childcare and education minister to reconsider plans for a baseline assessment for reception pupils.