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The principles that should underpin putting the Early Years Foundation Stage into practice are set out by Julie Fisher in this excerpt from the revised edition of Starting from the Child.

Teddy bear, teddy bear, By Judith Stevens

It doesn't require a large budget, just plenty of imagination and some careful forethought about how it's going to be used, to kit out your setting with a sensory room, as Annette Rawstrone explains.

Provision to enable and challenge the youngest children to direct their own learning is carefully thought out at a centre visited by Nicole Weinstein.

Early years settings need to offer provision that will help sustain young children's thinking by using their own initiative, says Marion Dowling.

Help young children explore their love for - or fear of - the most popular family pets with activities in every area of the early years setting, suggested by Judith Stevens.

Go on the trail of creatures that hold a natural fascination for children with activities leading through all areas of your early years provision, suggested by Judith Stevens.

Should childcarers allow aggressive play, and where does the line have to be drawn? Elaine Lee considers the views of various professionals.

The build-up of knowledge through successive experiences can be well used for healthy living, say Alison Tonkin, Cath Alderson and Gill Roberts.

Strategies to engage the third partner in the key person approach - the parent - as a child enters and settles in to nursery are explained in our continuing series on key caring by Anne O'Connor