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Views of what counts as maths are changing. Linda Pound examines whether revisions to this area of learning and development match up.

The name change from Creative Development to Expressive Arts and Design gives practitioners the chance to rethink how they support creativity within early learning, says Di Chilvers, advisory consultant in early childhood.

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.

Controversy over when reading and writing should be taught could persist under the revised framework.Jan Dubiel, national development manager for Early Excellence, reviews the essential principles.

To create a communication rich environment for their charges, Norland Nursery staff studied their own communication patterns. By Clare Crowther

Ability to communicate and use language is recognised as the foundation for children's development across other learning areas. By Nancy Stewart

In promoting PSED, Norland Nursery chose to focus on the elements in isolation as well as how they weave together. Clare Crowther explains.

The right kind of experiences in the earliest years build the nerve networks in the brain that a child needs for good PSED. Caregivers carry a huge responsibility, says Anne O'Connor

Creating enabling environments to promote the physical development of babies and young children is the main focus in the first of a three-part series by Clare Crowther. Photographs by Paul Box at Norland nursery, Bath

The inclusion of physical development as a Prime area of the revised EYFS will have a powerful impact on a child's emotional well-being and later learning, says Anne O'Connor.