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Pretend shops are a magnet for young children – and the role play can be meaningful too, explains Nicole Weinstein, who also provides some useful resourcing pointers

Everyday items brought into a play environment are attractive to toddlers and help their learning and development. By Penny Tassoni

The Danish concept of ‘hygge’ can promote well-being, find Alison Prowle and Angela Hodgkins

The weather may be getting colder and wetter, but the December garden has some surprises

In the final part of her series on the London Borough of Newham and Early Education’s 20-provider-strong Outdoors and Active programme, Julie Mountain rounds up some of the key lessons learnt

A ‘Dogs, Bones and Dancing’ project at two settings in Cumbria began with children exploring musical instruments, which led to a variety of creative activities, discovers Annette Rawstrone

How to introduce this fun activity. By Penny Tassoni

In the third part of her series on Newham’s Outdoors and Active programme, Julie Mountain finds out how it has involved parents and carers to create a family culture of movement and physicality

Good-quality props and practical domestic experiences can offer deep learning opportunities in the home corner, Nicole Weinstein discovers in the first of a series looking at aspects of role play

Trust and respect – both between children and practitioners, and parents and practitioners – are central to effective early years practice and pedagogy, explains Kathryn Solly