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Anne O'Connor offers advice on creating a baby room that promotes physical activity, fosters exploration and supports rest in surroundings with familiar, special adults always at hand.

Don't forget about the role of physical activity in preparing children to read and write when planning provision for literacy development, both indoors and out, says Anne O'Connor.

The focus of this area of learning is now on understanding people and communities, the natural and built environment, and everyday objects with functions created by technology.

Creating a space for two age groups to share can help staff get more from resources and ease transition for children. Anne O'Connor suggests ways to make the most of an area.

Using light and dark as a medium for discovery and learning is well established in settings. Nicole Weinstein suggests resources that will maximise opportunities to explore and investigate.

Calculating and number play must be interactive if it is to trigger ideas and stimulate thinking. Anne O'Connor suggests ways of making the best use of mathematical resources.

To create a communication rich environment for their charges, Norland Nursery staff studied their own communication patterns. By Clare Crowther

Anne O'Connor suggests ways of maximising the opportunities a large space offers while retaining the sense of security some children need by partitioning off smaller areas.

In promoting PSED, Norland Nursery chose to focus on the elements in isolation as well as how they weave together. Clare Crowther explains.

Anne O'Connor offers advice on creating a cloakroom space that avoids the jams which can occur when helping children get dressed to go out.