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The concept and practice of predicting teaches children about cause and effect. Early years consultant David Quinn looks at the science. Photographs at Oakey Dokeys pre-school, Essex, by Teri Pengilley.

A Devon sustainability project has inspired children at Newton Poppleford Primary School to become stewards of their environment

See what an endless number of activities and experiences you can offer young children to develop their understanding of concepts of calculating with these ideas from Stella Louis. Photographs At Little green man nursery, London, by Justin Thomas

Block play allows a child to mix creativity with mathematical problem-solving, says Anne O'Connor.

The writing's on the wall with a simple, fun game from a new book by Penny Tassoni helping children to develop their numbers and letters.

For those of us who hated maths at school, it may come as a shock to find that recent research suggests that humans are innately mathematical. Young babies, it would seem, can detect differences in quantities when shown images on screen. So with this in mind, how can we support children's early maths and how can we help them to enjoy it?

Chldren's eagerness to help out with the domestic chores provides the perfect link between home and nursery, as Kim Ritson explains.

Using simple tools with simple rules will reward children with a wealth of learning and skills development, says early years consultant Linda Pound.