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Understanding attachment theory can enhance flexible and responsive strategies to guide your practice with all children, says Anne O'Connor.

Let the children take on a new identity with fun dressing-up activities from Alice Sharp.

Child dental care should begin with the first tooth and parties are a fun way to encourage it, says Viv Hampshire.

Children who have suffered a lack of care and nurture at a young age can benefit from special attention in an early years setting, says Anne O'Connor.

Seeing a young boy do something considered feminine provokes some extended thinking about traditional gender roles and stereotypes. Anne O'Connor explores the issues in practice.

Young children may tell untruths because they want them to be true, and adults can help by modelling desirable behaviour, says Annette Rawstrone.

Practitioners should be alert to children in their care who may lack the sense of secure attachment they need for emotional development, and offer their families whatever support they can, says Anne O'Connor.

A child's ability to grow emotionally, make relationships with others and learn effectively can depend on the sense of safety and confidence they derive from having a secure attachment in infancy, says Anne O'Connor

While attachment in theory remains controversial, practitioners need to understand it in order to deliver the EYFS, explains early years consultant Anne O'Connor.

What is 'spirituality' and how do early years practitioners promote it in young children? Marion Dowling offers suggestions