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The many schemas explored by a three-year-old are described by Shelley Bannigan, family worker in the Snug at the Pen Green Nursery in Northamptonshire.

The Outdoor Challenge will get you to think hard about your setting's outdoor provision, says Julie Mountain of Learning Through Landscapes.

Some of the most challenging and most rewarding audiences that actors face are in schools and nurseries, as Judith Napier hears.

Progress is fast at a nursery where decisions are made by a committee - of children. Katy Morton reports.

It's not just physical impairment that makes some children different. Katherine Runswick-Cole and Dan Goodley talk to their parents.

A visitor showed children the way to get more involved in a local community event, and their response revealed much to nursery staff about their thinking, says teacher Tessa Fenoughty.

Visits are invaluable to young children's learning. Heading out on a trip can provide meaningful contexts for learning, broaden children's experience and feed their insatiable desire to explore.

Some nurseries are letting the children choose who they want to be their main carer, which can help to ensure they are matched according to their needs, finds Annette Rawstrone.

Imagination is a vital part of learning and development because it lets children understand and adapt to the wider world, says early years consultant Linda Pound.

For toddlers, mealtimes are a chance to show off their communication and physical skills and to learn new ones, but creating a relaxed environment is vital, says Anne O'Connor.