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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.

As a parent, literacy is probably the area that you are most determined for your child to succeed in. It is important, both in school and in life, and being able to read and write confidently and fluently are vital skills that we all need.

Creating a lasting legacy for our future Olympians is a must, say Hayley Cannell and Nicky Bushell, joint managers of Oakey Dokeys Pre-school in Essex

New term ahead and time for some changes, say Nicola Bushell and Hayley Cannell, joint managers of Oakey Dokeys pre-school in Essex.

Ann Langston explains the main aspects of Personal, Social and Emotional Development and offers advice on how parents can support their children

Hear 'physical development' and you'll probably think of the health benefits that a good diet and lots of running around can bring your child. In fact, physical development is fundamental to every aspect of your child's life.

Ann Langston, who contributed to the development of Birth to Three Matters, explains its format, history and importance and tells us why it should be dusted down and put back on the shelf as recommended reading for practitioners as they get ready to implement the revised EYFS.

Designed to be used in everyday practice, the revised developmental grids give guidance on planning and 'how' children learn, says Helen Moylett, principal consultant, Early Learning Consultancy