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The values nurtured in the early years shape how children approach the wider world later in life. But which values are beneficial and how do we balance different interests? By Marion Dowling

Dolls with their own personas and life stories are being used by some practitioners to help raise issues of equality and encourage children to think critically. Vicky Hutchin explains.

Positive Steps Nursery has set up a children's council to help plan their activities. Marianne Sargent reports.

With a view to introducing den play at her school, Louise Nicholls carried out a research project looking at the impact this type of play can have on young children. She shares her findings.

Requiring only simple materials, block play nevertheless gives children the power to bring imaginary worlds to life. Michael Follett suggests handing over creative control.

Research suggests that propensities to be moral, generous and helpful are 'online' surprisingly early in life, as Graham Music explains in an extract from his new book.

From 2002-15, the Froebel Research Fellowship project focused on children's creative thinking and learning. David Hargreaves, Sue Robson, Sue Greenfield and Hiroko Fumoto share their findings.

When supporting children to take charge of their personal care, practitioners should look to create opportunities, says Penny Tassoni

Some two-year-olds may have difficulty settling in, but taking steps to review your process and working more closely with parents can help to smooth the transition. Kay Mathieson explains

Giving parents step-by-step information about how the concept of number is developed can encourage them to support their children to count at home. Penny Tassoni explains.

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