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An inspiring male role model, in the form of artist Fabric Lenny, has been encouraging creative mark-making alongside improved communication and collaboration. Helen Chilton explains.

Picking up rhymes supported by physical actions seems to be innate in children. But how adults mediate is important for later literacy development, says Opal Dunn

The name change from Creative Development to Expressive Arts and Design gives practitioners the chance to rethink how they support creativity within early learning, says Di Chilvers, advisory consultant in early childhood.

In a bid to improve creative opportunities for the under-fives and their families in Somerset, four artists were placed in nine children's centres. Louise Monks reports on the project's progress.

Jan Dubiel explains the changes to Expressive Arts and Design in the revised framework

Infant school children are communicating, negotiating, planning and performing in sophisticated ways with their own junkyard orchestra, as Michael Jones reports.

Explore the surprisingly wide variety of woven materials and their artistic possibilities, with the Suffolk Early Years and Childcare Service (Suffolk County Council)

Opening up the creative potential of collage to young children requires knowledge of the basic skills involved and ready access to a wide variety of natural and made materials.

A cheap roll of cardboard was a brilliant investment, says Sally Squires, nursery co-ordinator at James Peacock Nursery School in Ruddington, Nottingham.

Painting offers young children a world of opportunities for experimentation and expression, so early years settings should equip them with ample materials and varied techniques.