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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.

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

It's not just babies who gain from heuristic play - and better still if it takes place outdoors, as Sara Davies found in her research.

Can you build or make a boat with a sail that is big enough for two children?

Early years settings put resources designed to encourage scientific research and exploration to the test with young children and tell Sue Hubberstey about their conclusions.

Sometimes overlooked or left to art activities, pattern is fundamental to children's understanding of mathematics, says Judith Stevens.

Practitioners need to identify and observe young children thinking to give them opportunities to move on further, says early years consultant Marion Dowling.

One nursery takes a far-sighted approach to incorporating ICT into its daily life and learning, as well as its staff assessments. Ruth Thomson reports.

The technology workshop can be amply stocked with simple and readily available resources and is an ideal area for adults to work alongside the children, as Jane Drake explains.

Can you make a buggy or trolley that can move and can carry one child?