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It’s hard, physical work for babies and young infants to be outdoors all day, but they are rising to the challenge at Millie’s Garden in Bristol, Nicole Weinstein discovers

Foundation Stage Units are in the spotlight amid Government plans to greater align EYFS and Key Stage 1 goals. Anne O’Connor outlines how they work and examines their benefits and challenges

Action research might sound like the last thing that time-pressed practitioners will want to do, but it is a really useful tool to demonstrate the improving quality of your practice, finds Dr Kay Mathieson

Everton Nursery School and Family Centre, Liverpool

Settings based on outdoor learning are growing in popularity - and providing focused, creative provision inspired by their individual environments. Nicole Weinstein takes a look at some of the different approaches on offer around the UK and the benefits for children.

In the run-up to International Mud Day on 29 June, Jan White and Menna Godfrey make the case for creating a mud kitchen in your setting and offer advice on how to best approach the task.

Cowgate Under 5s has opened up its spaces so that children of different age groups can move freely around the setting - with significant benefits. The nursery's June Graham explains why it works.

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.

It's an eye-opening experience to observe what children (and adults) really go for in a setting's outdoor provision, as Janice Ellis discovers.

Countries differ in the premium they put upon the spaces that children have to play and learn, with the UK lagging behind, argues Helen Penn.