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Imagination is the most valuable resource for creating spaces where children love to talk, says Elizabeth Jarman.

The technology workshop can be amply stocked with simple and readily available resources and is an ideal area for adults to work alongside the children, as Jane Drake explains.

Attractive presentations in well-defined spaces will serve to enhance children's creative play. Sue Crook and Betty Farmer explain how.

Let the children take on a new identity with fun dressing-up activities from Alice Sharp.

What to keep at the ready in your setting's malleable materials area - and what resources you can also find outdoors - are examined by Jane Drake.

Stock the essential resources and plan to inspire learning with our series on continuous provision by Jane Drake.

Looking is a lifeline for young children who can't hear when they're provided with the right books, says library worker Viv Hampshire.

Build up your setting's construction area carefully, with attention to the movement around it and materials with the most potential, says Jane Drake.

Wet and dry sand can provide a useful basis for further learning when combined with careful planning and an interesting variety of resources, says Jane Drake. Photography at lescudjack nursery in Penzance, Cornwall, by Jim Wileman.

What is 'continuous provision', why is it so important and how does it fit into the Early Years Foundation Stage? In the first of a new series, Jane Drake examines what practitioners need to be providing on a daily basis.