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A fun and fascinating way to extend young children's exploration of textiles is through felt-making. It needn't incur much cost and there's lots of online advice if you fancy having a go.

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

The consultation document recommends some positive changes, but there is much that disappoints, says early years consultant Ann Langston in her guide to the consultation document on the statutory framework for the revised EYFS

The concept and practice of predicting teaches children about cause and effect. Early years consultant David Quinn looks at the science. Photographs at Oakey Dokeys pre-school, Essex, by Teri Pengilley.

In the national year of communication, research by Nursery World and the National Literacy Trust shows the early years sector to be highly motivated, but in need of more support.

There is much debate about the role of the International Baccalaureate in secondary education, but how does it work at nursery level? Ruth Thomson visited a London school with an inquiry-based, child-led approach

Children viewed the world from some interesting angles when taking part in a photography project in a local theatre garden. Annette Rawstrone went for a look.

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.

See what an endless number of activities and experiences you can offer young children to develop their understanding of concepts of calculating with these ideas from Stella Louis. Photographs At Little green man nursery, London, by Justin Thomas

Initiatives by Government and other agencies are encouraging communication, says Helen Moylett, in the final part of her Communication series.