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Endless opportunities for children's expression, development and learning across all curriculum areas are provided by music and movement activities suggested by Margareta Burrell

Characterisation and improvisation played a large part in this year's Christmas production, as children took the lead in developing their own version of the Nativity, says Tessa Fenoughty

The sensory experience of messy play has far-reaching benefits for brain development, creativity and risk-taking, says Anne O'Connor

A thoughtful strategy will help practitioners keep incidents of biting under control, writes Jennie Lindon.

Children enjoy acting out and putting themselves in a story even better than hearing one. Michael Jones describes an exciting role-play project.

A dual lesson in science and creativity arose from one children's centre's project in making and flying a balloon, as Annette Rawstrone hears.

Rewards across all areas of learning will be the result when you get young children together in a baking activity, says Judit Horvath.

Play with small, fantasy figurines is an ideal way to address language impoverishment and help to meet the aims of the 'Every Child a Talker' project, says Michael Jones.

Whenever there is a discussion about children's emotional wellbeing, the desire that all children should have a 'secure attachment' with their parents and key people is usually stated. This desire is well-meant; it is also misguided.

A four-year-old boy, Jeremy, goes to nursery school wearing hair-slides.