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With technology playing an increasingly important part in all our lives, it is essential that the early years sector finds appropriate ways to incorporate ICT into settings. Nicole Weinstein finds inspiration at one nursery school using a variety of gadgets to both support and enhance learning.

To create effective 'enabling environments', we must be open to ideas from a range of sources, including educational pioneers, overseas settings and children themselves, says Nicole Weinstein.

Rather than condemning weapon play, we can benefit by using children's interest in this area as a gateway for learning. Marianne Sargent advises.

The forest school approach is growing in popularity, and it is taking a variety of different formats as settings embrace it in ways that reflect their individual needs. Nicole Weinstein explains.

How can settings support the development of small hand movements? Nicole Weinstein advises.

How can practitioners help children develop good listening skills? Nicole Weinstein offers some advice

Eastfield Academy Nursery in Northampton got the children making aliens, a rocket and even the moon after noting their interest in space.By Claire Lowery

By Caroline Eaton (Early Education, £12.50)

Use first-hand experiences and location resources for learning about environments, says Nicole Weinstein.

A primary school in County Durham has been embracing the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage - in a whole-school approach aimed at more flexible learning for all ages. Marianne Sargent reports