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Encouraging children to explore the outdoors more freely proved to be a culture change in Poole, says Clare Schmieder, Early Learning Advisory Teacher (ELAT) within the Poole Early Years Team.

Researchers have used a variety of innovative ways to gather children's experiences of the EYFS in their early years setting, a new report shows.

Find out about the principles behind the renowned early years centres in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and see how they have inspired practice at settings in the UK with early years consultants Linda Thornton and Pat Brunton (www.alcassociates.co.uk)

Early years settings can develop their own practice and expertise in harmony with the Early Years Foundation Stage principles. Julian Grenier explains how.

New sets of tools to help early years providers measure what they are giving children, and improve it, are proving popular, says Ruth Thomson.

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.

Provision to enable and challenge the youngest children to direct their own learning is carefully thought out at a centre visited by Nicole Weinstein.

Early years settings need to offer provision that will help sustain young children's thinking by using their own initiative, says Marion Dowling.