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Understanding attachment theory can enhance flexible and responsive strategies to guide your practice with all children, says Anne O'Connor.

Babies need to be given freedom to move so they can develop both their physical and mental skills.

A new briefing paper from the NDNA outlines the challenges for practitioners considering what is appropriate contact and gives pointers for best practice

Should boys and girls be treated differently in the early years? Annette Rawstrone spoke to a group of nursery school practitioners.

Looking at how children see their nursery environment gives a good reflection of practice, says Anne Gladstone.

Children who have suffered a lack of care and nurture at a young age can benefit from special attention in an early years setting, says Anne O'Connor.

Socialising and developing friendships in the early years takes time and requires sensitivity on the part of the adults concerned. Practitioners are well placed to give parents some advice on promoting it.

It's a common occurrence, so why does a child's biting cause so much upset? Annette Rawstrone spoke to practitioners at a private day nursery. Illustration by Clare Nichols.

Young children may tell untruths because they want them to be true, and adults can help by modelling desirable behaviour, says Annette Rawstrone.

Practitioners should be alert to children in their care who may lack the sense of secure attachment they need for emotional development, and offer their families whatever support they can, says Anne O'Connor.