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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.

A new video shows how to recognise and support young children's musicality

Enabling children to experience joy can help support learning and reduce stress and anxiety.Linda Pound offers some insight into the steps practitioners can take to embrace this approachPhotographs at Lincolnshire Montessori, Guzelian; Clovercourt, Justin Thomas; and Mains Farm, North News.

The patterns in language, movement and music may not be immediately obvious but learning to recognise them helps children make sense of the world, says Linda Pound.

Young children's experimentation with movements is linked to what we later recognise as 'dance', say Anne O'Connor and Anna Daly, directors of Primed for Life Training Associates.

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

To tap into music's potential for cross-curricular learning, settings need a core collection of instruments that cater for all ages, says Nicole Weinstein.

The National Gallery is holding the Imaginary Worlds Family Festival during half term.

Have you ever watched your child playing with mud and wondered what it is that so enthrals them? Their enthusiasm almost certainly lies in a desire to explore and be creative, and such explorations start at a very early age.

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.