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Early years teams, settings and individuals are invited to enter the 2012 Shine a Light awards that celebrate best practice and excellence around supporting children and young people's communication.
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The excitement is building as we unveil the shortlist for the Nursery World Awards 2012 (in alphabetical order).
A lack of understanding among early years practitioners and teachers, along with a shortage of funding, are preventing children from learning about and taking responsibility for the environment, finds a new study.
Splitting the areas of learning within the revised EYFS into Prime and Specific was widely welcomed within the sector, and winning all-round approval was the decision to make Physical Development one of the three Prime areas, along with Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language.
Karen Walker, head of children's services at the London Early Years Foundation, spoke to Nursery World about how the group's nurseries are preparing for the new framework.
Thinking up imaginative ways to use their indoor space to develop children's physical development and renewed thinking about child-initiated learning are just some of the ways nurseries have been preparing for the new EYFS.
Aspects of the new framework such as the Prime and Specific areas are being welcomed, but there are reservations too, says Annette Rawstrone.
Britain is a Great place to be and we need to celebrate it with our children, say Nicola Bushell and Hayley Cannell, joint managers of Oakey Dokeys in Essex
Earlyarts, the national network for people working creatively with children and families, has launched a new national strategy to help practitioners nurture young children's creativity.
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