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Neurophysical development takes a number of forms in early childhood. In an edited extract from her new book, Anne O'Connor explains what these are, why they matter and how to support them.

Can daily sessions of focused physical activities help children develop the gross and fine motor skills they need to become confident writers? Helen Chilton reports on her school's progress.

'Because it's exciting': childen enjoy - and need - the experience of danger Forest School can offer. But educators need a deeper understanding to handle it effectively, Martin Pace explains.

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

Hopping and skipping are challenging skills to master. Here, Dr Lala Manners looks at how they emerge and offers ideas for supporting their development.

Walking and running are both challenging locomotor skills for children to master. But the right approach can maximise opportunities for learning, says Lala Manners.

Have you ever asked young children what they think about physical development? Dr Lala Manners did - with some interesting results.

Encouraging children to practise movements that develop hand-eye co-ordination can be done in settings and at home. Penny Tassoni suggests what nurseries can do

Penny Tassoni suggests activities to help your child develop hand-eye co-ordination

In the second instalment of a two-part series on pattern, Nicole Weinstein looks at language, movement and sound - and suggests some resources for assisting exploration and learning.