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Seeing a young boy do something considered feminine provokes some extended thinking about traditional gender roles and stereotypes. Anne O'Connor explores the issues in practice.

Stock the essential resources and plan to inspire learning with our series on continuous provision by Jane Drake.

Socialising and developing friendships in the early years takes time and requires sensitivity on the part of the adults concerned. Practitioners are well placed to give parents some advice on promoting it.

The role of the practitioner in children's problem solving is to pose challenges and prompt them with occasional questions and suggestions, but not provide the answers for them, says Margaret Martin.

Children's physical responses to the frustration and anger they may feel are often misunderstood, and labelling them is counter-productive, says Karen Faux.

Jack in a box

Create night in the day, or wait until dark, for a host of imaginative activities indoors and outdoors that will help children explore their natural fascination with the night, suggested by early years adviser Judith Stevens.

Having a digital camera to hand puts children at the centre of the picture, whether on screen or in a print display in the classroom, says Harriet Price.

It's a common occurrence, so why does a child's biting cause so much upset? Annette Rawstrone spoke to practitioners at a private day nursery. Illustration by Clare Nichols.

Looking is a lifeline for young children who can't hear when they're provided with the right books, says library worker Viv Hampshire.