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Even the youngest children role play, but the activity takes on whole new meanings and imaginative potential with Reception pupils, explains Charlotte Goddard

Sensory experiences are vital to healthy brain development, explain Anne O’Connor and Dr Kath Dickinson in part one of a new series

A whole-school outing to the Tower of London by Alice Model Nursery School was repeated this year because of its impact on the children and their families. By Fran Paffard

What is empathy and its role in learning? An edited extract from Helen Garnett’s book on the subject, which won a Nursery World award this year, reveals all

The creator of The Greenfield Method tells Hannah Crown how it is teaching children self-regulation and other life skills through the production of sound

The split between Prime and Specific areas is valid, provided practitioners understand how they inter-relate, says Jan Dubiel

Planning a party, to mark an event for example, is a fun activity as well as a learning experience for children, writes Penny Tassoni

In the first of a new series on self-care, Nicole Weinstein finds out how carefully chosen crockery and chairs can enhance the mealtime experience

How experimenting with music aids children’s personal, social and emotional development and promotes self-regulation. Linda Pound explains, and offers practical advice for practitioners

Dealing with conflict is an important life skill, so practitioners must weigh up when to step in and provide a solution – and when to let the children sort it out for themselves, explains Nicola Watson