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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

Should you give your child a dummy? It's a seemingly simple question but a difficult one to answer. Only you can decide whether your child should have one, but it is worth weighing up the pros and cons.

What do childminders think about the issue of physical contact with children? A group shared their experiences with Annette Rawstrone.

ABC charts are an excellent means of tracking and evaluating children's behaviour, explain Rachel Lo and Ann Henderson in their new book, The Social Child. All children attending early years settings experience occasions when they may lack the appropriate...

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

Find out about a free book scheme for families with Katherine Solomon, communications officer at Booktrust.

As early years settings plan for how they will introduce the Early Years Foundation Stage, they need to keep its principles in mind, says Foundation Stage regional adviser Ann Langston.

The 'key person' approach to nursery care needs greater recognition, says Peter Elfer, as he explains its importance for very young children