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Maria Neal is the early years co-ordinator at Barlborough Hall School in Derbyshire, which is linked with Makumbi Primary School in Zimbabwe. Maria recently visited the school and saw first-hand how children's writing skills develop from mark-making in the sand.
Action research is a form of 'self-reflective enquiry' that can help settings work through points of concern to find workable solutions. Julie McLarnon shows how it works in practice.
Something is missing from the revised Early Years Foundation Stage, argues Ann Langston as she examines the newly-published framework.
How do you support language development? Take part in our survey and you could win free membership of the National Literacy Trust's Early Years Network.
Children call the tune in daily music and exercise workouts that offer lots of added learning and development, says Karen Faux.
Early years practitioners are too busy serving the needs of the system created by the Early Years Foundation Stage, argues Wendy Ellyatt.
Children need time to think and lead. This important concept requires training, says Mary Evans.
Ahead of a much-anticipated review of the EYFS this year, many nursery heads have firm views on which aspects of the framework need to be improved, writes Melanie Defries.
Consulting children requires clear objectives and considerations of practical issues. Dr Neil de Reybekill and Lynn Beckett show how.
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