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An initiative in Liverpool looking at ICT has taken practitioners into new territory, says project developer Ann Langston of Early Years Matters.

Rhythm is a critical area for both communication and physical skills development, so how can practitioners ensure children's learning is supported? Lala Manners reports.

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 family of toy mice has been introduced to one London school to support emotional well-being and confidence. Laura Semmens shares her experience.

Practitioners should aim to give children the best possible chance for meaningful communication and language learning, advises Kay Mathieson.

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

With its focus on raising money by having a laugh, Red Nose Day gives pre-school children the chance to make a difference by doing what comes naturally. Aleks Leimanis, Schools and Youth Manager at Comic Relief, suggests approaches and resources to help practitioners plan powerful, purposeful learning experiences this Red Nose Day

Involving children in collecting and presenting data for graphs, charts or pictograms helps them to understand the information.

Lucy and Tom's Christmas offers useful ideas for exploring Christmas traditions and encouraging learning at the same time, says Marianne Sergeant.

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.