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With its focus on raising money by having a laugh, Red Nose Day gives pre-school children the chance to make a difference by doing what comes naturally. Aleks Leimanis, Schools and Youth Manager at Comic Relief, suggests approaches and resources to help practitioners plan powerful, purposeful learning experiences this Red Nose Day

A menagerie of pets is bringing joy and learning benefits to the children of St Edward's C of E School in Rochdale, says head teacher Lynne Coxell.

Fathers should participate more in their children's learning, says the Fatherhood Institute, as the think-tank urges schools, nurseries and other family learning settings to sign up for Fathers' Story Week 2012.

There is much debate about the role of the International Baccalaureate in secondary education, but how does it work at nursery level? Ruth Thomson visited a London school with an inquiry-based, child-led approach

Children call the tune in daily music and exercise workouts that offer lots of added learning and development, says Karen Faux.

The basis for good early years practice in helping children develop their creativity is adults who know how to encourage them and model activity but not control the creative process.

Last time I wrote that I cannot sing for toffee, I was politely rebuked by one or two people who quite rightly say that everyone should feel confident about taking part in musical activities.

Find out about the principles behind the renowned early years centres in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and see how they have inspired practice at settings in the UK with early years consultants Linda Thornton and Pat Brunton (

A childminder's weblog has gained her a place on the shortlist for a national award.

Explore the forest school movement in England with a study of local projects and a trip to the country where the movement started, as practitioners reflect on what they have learned.