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Embracing risky play gives children the chance to push themselves to their limits, with physical, emotional and educational benefits, explains Annette Rawstrone

How to plan a new use for an outdoor space. By Julie Mountain

In Northumberland, one setting has created an environment for children with special educational needs and disabilities. By Charlotte Goddard

Julie Mountain continues her series on Newham’s Outdoors and Active programme by looking at its approach to open spaces, surfaces and level changes, climbing, large objects and storage

The use of mud kitchens in nurseries’ outdoor spaces has spread significantly since the concept was popularised a few years ago, but children will only get the most out of them if they are regularly reviewed. Nicole Weinstein finds advice for settings, whether they are updating or starting from scratch

Forest school and outdoor teaching are becoming a key part of the early years curriculum, offering deep learning opportunities as well as cultivating a kinship with nature, writes Nicole Weinstein

Nursery art and craft studios provide a dedicated space for both children and practitioners to be creative, writes Annette Rawstrone, who finds out how four settings are making the most of theirs

Printing is an immediately engaging activity for young children because it is both visual and tactile. Nicole Weinstein offers some tips

Most children like to draw. Nicole Weinsteinfinds out how practitioners can best support young children’s early development of drawing – and looks at some of the best resources on offer

It is important to provide a range of resources that children can access and use independently in the Reception classroom, writes Linda Pound