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Views of what counts as maths are changing. Linda Pound examines whether revisions to this area of learning and development match up.

In this extract from her new Practical EYFS Handbook, Penny Tassoni outlines ways of building confidence and self-awareness in children aged 0-11 months.

Practitioners and teachers play a key role in supporting five- to seven-year-olds to build on the bedrock of thinking skills acquired in the early years.

Help is at hand for settings preparing to offer funded places for two-year-olds in 'Are you ready for me -now I'm 2?'. Its authors, the Cheshire East Early Years and Childcare Team, explain how it supports best practice.

A training project to help early years practitioners assess the development of children with English as an additional language has proved highly effective. Julie Cigman explains

Understanding the stages young children go through when developing their thinking patterns is crucial when supporting babies and infants from birth to three years, says Marion Dowling. Photographs at Treetops Beechwood day nursery by Pauline Neild.

A child's first word is an exciting moment for parents and a wonderful feat of intelligence for a child. By Nancy Stewart

To create a communication rich environment for their charges, Norland Nursery staff studied their own communication patterns. By Clare Crowther

Penny Tassoni advises on the tricky situation of a parent working in the nursery their child attends.

Ability to communicate and use language is recognised as the foundation for children's development across other learning areas. By Nancy Stewart