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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.

Woodworking in early years settings fosters creativity and problem solving, says professional sculptor and public artist Pete Moorhouse.

What is superhero play? Why do children enjoy it? Should adults restrict it? And how can early years practitioners support this form of play? Nicole Weinstein provides some answers

See what an endless number of activities and experiences you can offer young children to develop their understanding of concepts of calculating with these ideas from Stella Louis. Photographs At Little green man nursery, London, by Justin Thomas

Schemas - patterns of repeated behaviour - are key to how young children learn and early years practitioners must respond to them, says Stella Louis.

Using simple tools with simple rules will reward children with a wealth of learning and skills development, says early years consultant Linda Pound.

Find out about the principles behind the renowned early years centres in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and see how they have inspired practice at settings in the UK with early years consultants Linda Thornton and Pat Brunton (www.alcassociates.co.uk)

Explore the forest school movement in England with a study of local projects and a trip to the country where the movement started, as practitioners reflect on what they have learned.

Early years settings can develop their own practice and expertise in harmony with the Early Years Foundation Stage principles. Julian Grenier explains how.