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Ofsted has praised her ‘exemplary’ assessment and inclusion system – here, Lyndsey Murray, manager of St Richard’s Atherton Pre-School, shares her methods

How does the integrated review combine the Progress Check, Ages & Stages and the Healthy Child Review, and what do the different perspectives bring to the table? Dr Kay Mathieson explains

Action research has helped to develop a nursery garden to better provide open-ended opportunities for learning, as well improving practice. Teacher Sue Duglan breaks down the transformation.

In the first instalment in a new series on the integrated review, Dr Kay Mathieson looks at why the process is a key opportunity to improve relationships with parents and carers.

Get the underlying essentials of high-quality provision right and they will be the foundation for developing a curriculum, says Dr Julian Grenier

To create effective 'enabling environments', we must be open to ideas from a range of sources, including educational pioneers, overseas settings and children themselves, says Nicole Weinstein.

Lisa Sancisi and Margaret Edgington look at how to support the characteristics of effective learning.

The SSTEW scale has been developed to assess the quality of early childhood education and care. Denise Kingston and Professor Iram Siraj of the Institute of Education explain.

A home-grown approach to peer mentoring at a nursery school and children's centre in London is improving practice, as well as making work more satisfying for the team. Headteacher Dr Julian Grenier offers an insight into the setting's journey

History, and the Child Study Movement in particular, can provide some important learning about observation and record keeping. Tina Bruce, Stella Louis and Georgie McCall offer some clarity on the main issues.