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National Strategies series: Part 3 - From the child

Observing the level of involvement that children show in their play can tell you much about their emotional well-being, says Anne O'Connor.

In a safe environment where they feel secure, even very small children can enjoy constructive problem-solving and concentrate for surprising amounts of time, says Anne O'Connor.

Observant practitioners explored how they could follow children's interests to extend their thinking and learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage, as Di Chilvers shows.

When assessing children in the Early Years Foundation Stage, practitioners need not feel pressured to supply loads of evidence. Jennie Lindon explains what the task really involves.

Adults' facial expressions have a strong impact on very young children learning about social relationships. Anne O'Connor explains social referencing and why early years workers need to understand it.

Young children can acquire more than one language without detriment to learning English and will enjoy greater self-esteem if carers outside the home respect their mother tongue. Anne O'Connor explains why

Set sail for adventure, imagination and creative activities across all areas of the curriculum with a topic on these popular characters, outlined by Helen Bromley.

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.

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.