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Julie Mountain continues her series on Newham’s Outdoors and Active programme by looking at its approach to open spaces, surfaces and level changes, climbing, large objects and storage

Sculpture is an excellent medium for creative expression, but staff and children alike will need help. Nicole Weinstein finds some advice

The use of mud kitchens in nurseries’ outdoor spaces has spread significantly since the concept was popularised a few years ago, but children will only get the most out of them if they are regularly reviewed. Nicole Weinstein finds advice for settings, whether they are updating or starting from scratch

Forest school and outdoor teaching are becoming a key part of the early years curriculum, offering deep learning opportunities as well as cultivating a kinship with nature, writes Nicole Weinstein

Nursery art and craft studios provide a dedicated space for both children and practitioners to be creative, writes Annette Rawstrone, who finds out how four settings are making the most of theirs

‘My Primary School is at the Museum’ is giving children the chance to learn in a uniquely enriching environment, finds Marianne Sargent

Reflections Nursery & Forest School’s new book details its use of ‘storying’. By Marianne Sargent

Printing is an immediately engaging activity for young children because it is both visual and tactile. Nicole Weinstein offers some tips

Painting lets children express themselves, engaging both brain and the body, writes Nicole Weinstein

Most children like to draw. Nicole Weinsteinfinds out how practitioners can best support young children’s early development of drawing – and looks at some of the best resources on offer