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Singing belongs in every nursery, says Community Playthings' new resource, What Happens in the Baby Room? Supporting under-2s practitioners

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.

Creating a space for two age groups to share can help staff get more from resources and ease transition for children. Anne O'Connor suggests ways to make the most of an area.

Fire can be a useful focal point on forest trips, says Caroline Watts, forest school leader at Reflections Nursery and Forest School, Worthing, West Sussex

Children can learn far more from stroking a cow than looking at one in a book. Vesela Gladicheva describes what's on offer at urban farms.

On their latest trip to the forest, the children took charge of their snacks, says Caroline Watts, forest school leader, Reflections Nursery & Forest School, Worthing, West Sussex.

Calculating and number play must be interactive if it is to trigger ideas and stimulate thinking. Anne O'Connor suggests ways of making the best use of mathematical resources.

Whole families had fun working together at Oakwood House Nursery's first den-making festival in Huddersfield.

Rain continued to be a source of fascination, says Caroline Watts, forest school leader, Reflections Nursery & Forest School, Worthing, West Sussex

Community Playthings' new resource 'Play and the Revised EYFS' has advice on how to create enabling environments