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Young children's experimentation with movements is linked to what we later recognise as 'dance', say Anne O'Connor and Anna Daly, directors of Primed for Life Training Associates.

Adults need to know more about patterns themselves to help children develop their awareness. In this article Linda Pound focuses on the visual and mathematical aspects

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 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.