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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.
Early years practitioners get to grips with the latest resources for children's emergent writing, letter recognition and fine motor skills and give Sue Hubberstey their verdicts.
No fear: growing up in a risk-averse society
Build up your setting's construction area carefully, with attention to the movement around it and materials with the most potential, says Jane Drake.
Can You Moo? by Tanya Roitman Can You Smile? by Simms Taback Do You Have a Tail? By Simms Taback Blue Apple Books, £4.99, to be published 30 November Can a dog moo? Can a pig...
Early maths resources must be inspiring and imaginative or they will lose the children's interest. Staff in early years settings check out a varied selection for Sue Hubberstey.
Daft Bat by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross (Andersen Press, 5.99).
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.
Sally Schweizer (Rudolph Steiner Press, 12.95, ISBN 1 85584 124 X, www.rudolphsteinerpress.com). Reviewed by Sandy Green, early years consultant.