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Teddy bears have a unique role in children's lives and are an invaluable developmental resource. Nicole Weinstein goes on the hunt.

Penny Tassoni has plenty of activities with shapes and sizes to try at home

Teaching the concepts of shape and size requires the right vocabulary, but incorporating everyday tasks, jigsaw puzzles and construction is equally important - and ideal at home, says Penny Tassoni

Nursery World's Nursery of the Year 2014, Manor House Nursery School in Margate, combines strong community and family links with excellent practice. Ruth Thomson went to visit.

For young children to develop into innovative and flexible thinkers, settings must enable 'deep-level learning', explains Jan Dubiel.

The values nurtured in the early years shape how children approach the wider world later in life. But which values are beneficial and how do we balance different interests? By Marion Dowling

Learning to read different behaviours can help us better support children, says Kay Mathieson.

History, and the Child Study Movement in particular, can provide some important learning about observation and record keeping. Tina Bruce, Stella Louis and Georgie McCall offer some clarity on the main issues.

An award-winning art gallery has been running sessions to encourage children to engage with and explore its collections. Sue Owen finds out why the project was a hit with childminders.

Christmas is a special occasion - but it can come a little too early in some nursery settings, argues Working Mum.