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The foundation for learning is the physical readiness nurtured by carers in the years before a child starts school, writes Sally Goddard Blythe.
Imagination is a vital part of learning and development because it lets children understand and adapt to the wider world, says early years consultant Linda Pound.
All educators should take note of an early literacy system now used in Northern Ireland. Wendy Scott and Janet Moyles spent two days in Belfast observing this new approach.
From buttons and shells to bottle tops and magnets, collections of objects make simple but invaluable resources that can extend children's learning across all areas of the curriculum. Diana Lawton shows how.
The principles of the Steiner Waldorf kindergarten put play at the heart of early learning and provide a stress-free setting, says Lynne Oldfield.
Responding to challenges and finding solutions is not confined to mathematics but arises in all areas of learning, says Sheila Ebbutt.
With fertility rates soaring and more new mothers returning to work to boost income during the economic downturn, baby care is in high demand. Karen Faux looks at how nurseries are coping
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