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Speech - In the clear

What are the effects of dummy use on young children’s speech and language development? Radhika Kovendrakumar gives advice, based on research she did for her pre-school

Inclusion - Going strong

How one setting in south London is supporting children who have mental health and well-being issues. By Annette Rawstrone

Sleep - White out

Trust Taplins Childcare in Southampton reviewed its baby room sleep practice, resulting in increased quality and quantity of sleep times. By senior nursery manager Anna Rixon

Health and Well-Being: Promoting well-being

The quality of adult-child interactions are critical to the well-being and brain development of a baby and young child. When an adult responds to a baby’s babbling, gestures or cries with sensitive eye-contact, words or a hug, this builds and strengthens the neural connections in a baby’s brain. Such interactions are referred to as ‘serve and return’.

Inclusion - Supporting… Jaipreet

How one nursery in the West Midlands helped a Punjabi-speaking girl become a confident talker in English before moving on to school. By Annette Rawstrone

Emotional Development - Time to Reflect

Reflect is an innovative approach to supporting children’s emotional development and resilience through working with pre-school practitioners. Zoe Stephens and Gill Holt explain the method and its outcomes

School readiness: A perfect fit?

Being a child-ready school means meeting the needs of new starters. Tamsin Grimmer offers some advice for schools in this extract from her new book on the subject

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