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Rhythm is a critical area for both communication and physical skills development, so how can practitioners ensure children's learning is supported? Lala Manners reports.

A family of toy mice has been introduced to one London school to support emotional well-being and confidence. Laura Semmens shares her experience.

Outdoor environments can offer good opportunities for children to build and develop hand-eye co-ordination, if the right interventions are made. Julie Mountain considers the best approaches.

Practitioners should aim to give children the best possible chance for meaningful communication and language learning, advises Kay Mathieson.

Extending ways to build children's physical strength with a range of interesting resources and activities is easy - and vital, says Julie Mountain.

Many sports and games require good balls skills, but learning to catch, throw, kick and aim benefits young children in ways far beyond the playing field.

Simple equipment and activities are all it takes to develop children's ball skills.

Providing opportunities for active outdoor play significantly increases children's agility and it need not be expensive, says Julie Mountain.

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.

The defining elements of active learning, the second characteristic of effective learning and teaching identified in the Early Years Foundation Stage review, are set out by Jan Dubiel, national development manager of training and resource centre Early Excellence.