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A summer group has been addressing concerns about beginning school, explains the children centre teacher team from the Birth to Five Service, Lincolnshire County Council

It is vital for settings to build positive relationships with parents in order for them to feel included in their children's growth and development, as a new resource for practitioners from Children in Scotland explains.

Children tell lies for many reasons, so it is important to react in a measured way, advises Sue Chambers.

A project from Bookstart is offering children's centre staff a way to work more closely with disadvantaged families. Ruth Thomson explains.

Although confidence in children is to be celebrated, over-friendliness with strangers could be a warning sign of something serious and should not be ignored, advises Sue Chambers.

The children's centre teacher team from the Birth to Five Service, Lincolnshire County Council, are providing an article for us on a monthly basis linked to working with parents and building relationships.

Settling in and building relationships are key challenges for settings involved in the two-year-old programme, and nurseries can find ways to smooth the process, says Penny Tassoni.

Mindful carers are needed to ensure that children with different needs get the right amount of stimulation. Anne O'Connor explains.

With only a matter of months before the extended two-year-olds scheme comes fully into force in September, what can nurseries do to accommodate the new families? Ruth Thomson offers some guidance.

Practitioners should aim to give children the best possible chance for meaningful communication and language learning, advises Kay Mathieson.