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Caught up with the excitement of Christmas, we needed to ensure our children stay happy and calm, say Hayley Cannell and Nicky Bushell of Oakey Dokeys Pre-School, in Essex

The Annual General Meeting is a good chance to reflect on the year and make plans for the future, say Nicola Bushell and Hayley Cannell, joint managers of Oakey Dokeys Pre-School in Essex.

How do you deal with a child who often emits a high pitched scream? Penny Tassoni looks at possible causes and strategies that can help.

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.

Whole-group sessions can be a struggle for reception class children, says Penny Tassoni.

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.

Links with our community promote a true sense of belonging, say Hayley Cannell and Nicky Bushell of Oakey Dokeys Pre-school.

Penny Tassoni offers suggestions to ensure a child who bites is deterred from making a habit of it.

A joint research study into parental engagement in day nurseries challenges current thinking, say its authors Kathy Sylva, Claire Schofield, Jenny Goff and Arjette Karemaker of the University of Oxford and the National Day Nurseries Association.