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Kitchen sessions in partnership with a local school have helped to support healthy living, says the children centre teacher team from the Birth to Five Service, Lincolnshire County Council.

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

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

Enrich a child's language skills by talking about books, say Claire Bates and Helen Roscoe, Suffolk County Council Early Years and Childcare Service

Many sports and games require good balls skills, but learning to catch, throw, kick and aim benefits young children in ways far beyond the playing field.

Simple equipment and activities are all it takes to develop children's ball skills.

Spoons can be a stimulating resource, with a little bit of imagination, says Alice Sharp.

Many parents may think they left mathematics at the school gate but, of course, it permeates every aspect of our day-to-day life, from cooking and checking bills to working out how long it will take us to reach home.

Have you ever watched your child playing with mud and wondered what it is that so enthrals them? Their enthusiasm almost certainly lies in a desire to explore and be creative, and such explorations start at a very early age.

Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will notice that your child, like most children, is almost always curious and interested in everything going on around them.