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The focus of this area of learning is now on understanding people and communities, the natural and built environment, and everyday objects with functions created by technology.
Creating a space for two age groups to share can help staff get more from resources and ease transition for children. Anne O'Connor suggests ways to make the most of an area.
Calculating and number play must be interactive if it is to trigger ideas and stimulate thinking. Anne O'Connor suggests ways of making the best use of mathematical resources.
To create a communication rich environment for their charges, Norland Nursery staff studied their own communication patterns. By Clare Crowther
In promoting PSED, Norland Nursery chose to focus on the elements in isolation as well as how they weave together. Clare Crowther explains.
Children pass through different developmental stages in their style of block play. Anne O'Connor offers advice on making the most of this activity for two-year-olds.
The play and learning opportunities that one mud hole can provide are extensive. Julie Mountain describes the creativity and experimentation encouraged by playing dirty.
When it comes to assessing your book corner for two-year-olds, take a look at it through children's eyes and provide a feelgood experience, advises Anne O'Connor.
There's no end to the learning as well as the fun that can be found in creating a habitat for minibeasts, says Julie Mountain, a consultant working for Learning Through Landscapes.
Boys were encouraged to discover new ways to play, learn and practise independence outdoors in a project described by Julie Mountain.
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