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Use stories and games based on Santa Claus to talk about the value of giving and inspire creative learning opportunities in the run-up to Christmas, suggests Marianne Sargent.

How can practitioners work within the Prime areas while also introducing children to the Specific areas of development? Penny Tassoni considers how the different aspects link together

How should you approach the idea of sharing when children seem to be finding it difficult? Kay Mathieson provides some guidance on workable strategies and realistic expectations.

Create polar landscapes to help children learn about the people and animals that inhabit them, and to provide opportunities for role play, suggests Nicole Weinstein.

As part of a drive to forge links with the local community, a setting in Durham organised a supermarket trip. Carey Anne Bonser reveals why it has given them an appetite for more.

Physical doodles can nurture young children's learning and help them understand their bodies in creative and playful ways. The following extract from a new book offers guidance on getting started.

A Beach School is opening up a wealth of new learning experiences for children at one nursery in Bristol. Ruth Thomson finds out more Photographs At woodland house nursery, Bristol, by Marcus Way.

Communicating from the heart is crucial if we are to work in partnership with the parents of our babies and youngest children. Anita M Hughes and Veronica Read explain why it matters.

In the first of a two-part series on pre-term babies, Anne O’Connor takes a look at new research that sheds a light on the extent to which early birth affects children in later life

In the third part of a series on the progress check, Sue Chambers looks at the importance of robust observation, assessment and planning to meet the needs of your children Photograph at LEYF's Noah’s Ark Nursery in east London, London by Justin Thomas