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The values nurtured in the early years shape how children approach the wider world later in life. But which values are beneficial and how do we balance different interests? By Marion Dowling

Education for Sustainable Development is becoming an essential part of the early years agenda. Professor John Siraj-Blatchford explains its importance and shares some examples of practice

What can we learn from research on early brain development? David Whitebread and Lysandra Sinclaire-Harding debunk some of the 'neuromyths' and misdiagnoses doing the rounds and look at how neuroscience findings might inform practice in early childhood education.

An equal opportunities policy is no longer a statutory obligation, but ensuring that everyone gets a fair chance is central to good practice. Babette Brown and Vicky Hutchin explain how.

The process for identifying and supporting those with special educational needs and disabilities has been given an update. Kay Mathieson considers how the changes will affect practice.

Has the slimlined Understanding the World impacted on teaching and learning? And what can we do to ensure we inspire children's interests and consolidate their knowledge? In the second of a two-part series, Lena Engel considers the aspect The World

Has the slimmed-down Understanding the World impacted on teaching and learning? And what can we do to ensure we inspire children's interests and consolidate their knowledge? Lena Engel writes the first of a two-part series looking at UW and the aspect People and Communities

The ability to control emotional and physical impulses should be developed in the early years to help ensure children embrace learning and grow into self-regulating adults.

Getting enough sleep - and the right sort of sleep - is a crucial component for development. Natasha Kirkham explains why, and considers what advice practitioners can give to parents

Adopting the dialogic approach to reading with a child will help parents, and practitioners, to advance the child's oral language. Joan Kiely explains the method and its importance.