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Nurseries should echo society's diversity and combat biased attitudes. Mary Evans explains how.

Children progress by facing challenges, and good practitioners have a sense of when to step in and when to hold back. Jennie Lindon advises.

Enclosed spaces can foster friendship and heighten young children's concentration and involvement in their play, says Annette Rawstrone.

Creative play and learning come more naturally when the resources are 'open-ended', lending themselves to a variety of uses and constantly holding attention, says Mary Evans.

... Or in the pink? Colour-coding and crass gender signalling persist even in these times of presumed equality. Anne O'Connor helps practitioners to negotiate the minefield of bias.

Camcorders, whiteboards, digital microscopes and metal detectors are helping to build positive attitudes to learning at a Fife nursery school. Nicole Weinstein reports.

Settings need to reflect personal, social and emotional development in the fabric of their environment.

Create welcoming nooks for children to unwind in

Equipping and furnishing a setting to provide free choice will help children become confident, resourceful learners who are happy to make their own decisions about their play, says Annette Rawstrone.

Early years music educators from MERYC UK share some ideas for music activities, instruments and songs for adults to enjoy with under-threes.