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The move towards hands-on learning, outside of the classroom, is behind the growing popularity of forest schools. Annette Rawstrone investigates.

Early years practitioners are themselves part of the provision in any setting. Anne O'Connor outlines their role in and responsibility in promoting learning.

What a city lost in underused nurseries and schools may have been more than gained back in a new centre, as Melanie Defries discovers.

Creativity underpins all the learning at Kingsland Nursery School. Head teacher Nicola Mulliner explains why, in the first of an occasional series featuring Stoke-on-Trent's outstanding nursery schools.

It's not just babies who gain from heuristic play - and better still if it takes place outdoors, as Sara Davies found in her research.

Resources for productive role play, and the best practice for organising and offering them, are outlined by Jane Drake in our series on continuous provision in an early years setting.

Make the most of water play by offering the best experiences and stocking the essential resources, as suggested by Jane Drake

One nursery takes a far-sighted approach to incorporating ICT into its daily life and learning, as well as its staff assessments. Ruth Thomson reports.

Puppets come in all shapes and sizes and are indispensable in most settings. Early years professionals put their hands up and give their verdicts on the following selection to Sue Hubberstey.