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Anne O'Connor offers advice on creating a baby room that promotes physical activity, fosters exploration and supports rest in surroundings with familiar, special adults always at hand.

Don't forget about the role of physical activity in preparing children to read and write when planning provision for literacy development, both indoors and out, says Anne O'Connor.

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.

Using light and dark as a medium for discovery and learning is well established in settings. Nicole Weinstein suggests resources that will maximise opportunities to explore and investigate.

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.

Anne O'Connor suggests ways of maximising the opportunities a large space offers while retaining the sense of security some children need by partitioning off smaller areas.

Anne O'Connor offers advice on creating a cloakroom space that avoids the jams which can occur when helping children get dressed to go out.

Children pass through different developmental stages in their style of block play. Anne O'Connor offers advice on making the most of this activity for two-year-olds.

The play and learning opportunities that one mud hole can provide are extensive. Julie Mountain describes the creativity and experimentation encouraged by playing dirty.

Resources originally designed to support special educational needs can be beneficial for all young children, says Anne O'Connor.

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