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Photographs taken by parents gave practitioners new insight into how children experience ways to communicate at home, says Elizabeth Jarman.

An expanding part of our practice has worked a treat, say Nicola Bushell and Hayley Cannell, joint managers of Oakey Dokey's Pre-School in Essex.

Practitioners admit it is the question that often tries their patience, but it helps to think about a particular child's reasons for asking it, says Jennie Lindon.

Families are making huge gains from a simple programme where they come together to play and eat at school. Nicole Weinstein investigates.

Literacy takes many forms in children's lives and we should reflect before we dismiss what they enjoy at home in favour of what we offer in the nursery, argues Helen Bromley.

Do young children consciously reject one parent and cling to the other? Cath Hunter offers advice for talking with families and getting through what may be a difficult phase for them.

Nursery leader Pip Otter has given careful thought to ways in which staff can help 90 three-year-olds feel at home in their new nursery surroundings.

Practitioners can signpost single parents to a new resource, says Simon Bates, development director, Single Parent Action Network.

Practitioners could value diversity among parents by building on characteristics of their sameness to us, argues Helen Bromley.

Our first summer holiday club really took off, so we're planning to run more out-of-school childcare, say Nicola Bushell and Hayley Cannell, joint managers of Oakey Dokeys Pre-School in Essex