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Picturebooks part 5 - Hands on!

Introducing babies and toddlers to books will set them on the way to being confident readers later on. Andy McCormack offers some advice and explores examples of age-appropriate titles

Literacy - In two minds

Concerns have been raised about some early years settings using phonics with two-year-olds. Meredith Jones Russell reports

Creating A Library - Shelf life

How – and why – one setting created a library for two-year-olds and their parents. By Amina Khan, early childhood educator at Everton Nursery School and Family Centre in Liverpool

Baby Rooms - Up close

A Baby Room Project in East Sussex is improving interactions with children under 18 months, report Laura Piper and Verity Green

Health and Well-Being: Promoting well-being

The quality of adult-child interactions are critical to the well-being and brain development of a baby and young child. When an adult responds to a baby’s babbling, gestures or cries with sensitive eye-contact, words or a hug, this builds and strengthens the neural connections in a baby’s brain. Such interactions are referred to as ‘serve and return’.

Speech & Language: Part 7 - Follow me

What are the developmental expectations for attention and listening in two- to three-year-olds and when should concerns be raised? By Anne-Marie Tassoni and Penny Tassoni

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