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New guidance on outdoor play aims to dispel some popular myths about health and safety and risk.

Nurseries must work harder to achieve rigorous self-evaluation under Ofsted's current inspection regime, members of the National Day Nurseries Association were told at their annual conference last week.

A new book by the Pre-School Learning Alliance aims to make it easier for nurseries and early years settings to go green and foster an understanding of environmental awareness and climate change.

Budding artists from the reception classes at Kew Prep School in Surrey and Thorpe Greenways Infant School in Essex can see their interpretation of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's painting called 'The Umbrella' at the National Gallery in London.

Every children's centre outreach service could soon have to comply with a set of core principles and standards, under draft plans by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

A local authority that has won praise for its work on improving participation in early years settings and listening to children has published a free toolkit.

Children's communications skills will be the focus of a 'National Year' campaign in 2011 spearheaded by the Communication Trust, a 38-strong consortium of private and voluntary sector providers, set up by Afasic, BT Better World Campaign, the Council for Disabled Children and I CAN.

The charity 4Children is looking for providers and settings delivering the EYFS to share their best practice at a set of regional seminars across the country from 26 February to the end of March.

A breakdown of early years inspection outcomes since the implementation of the EYFS shows that more than two-thirds of nurseries and childminders are working at a good or outstanding level.