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By Melanie Peter, lecturer in early childhood studies at Suffolk College, and freelance consultant and author on arts education and special needs First act
Sitting comfortably? * The importance of storytelling and how to organise storytime
Children love switches and buttons and can usually pick up how to work a video recorder at home pretty quickly. In the nursery, the purpose of introducing children to a wide range of mechanical toys, tape recorders and computers is to give them the basis...
By Anne O'Connor, who is an early years specialist and has held posts including co-ordinator of an early years unit, deputy head and associate trainer for a local authority Let's pretend
Eczema is perhaps the most common skin complaint. It is especially common in young children. It is a rash or irritation of the skin caused by a genetic predisposition and exposure to substances in the environment to which the child is sensitive. These...
Young children have an innate appreciation of music, so it's easy to build on their enthusiasm. Our special eight-page pull-out looks at ways to develop musical awareness through voice, instruments, dance and pre-recorded music Sound it out
Listen in * The importance of consulting with children - By Peter Moss, professor of early childhood provision at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London
By The Speech and Language Day Nursery Special Interest Group, South East Region with additional input by group members Jane Conway and Gila Falkus Speech marks
Sheila Ebbutt is managing director and Carole Skinner is development manager of BEAM Education, an organisation dedicated to promoting the teaching and learning of mathematics as interesting, challenging and enjoyable (tel: 020 7684 3323, www.beam.co.uk) Counter culture
Mind and body * The importance of outdoor play: balance, health, emotional well-being, literacy, accessing the curriculum Obstacle course