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One award-winning school in London strives to be gender-neutral and help children embrace different family make-ups. By Nicole Weinstein

Nursery art and craft studios provide a dedicated space for both children and practitioners to be creative, writes Annette Rawstrone, who finds out how four settings are making the most of theirs

Physical skills and fine motor control are declining among some school-starters, so what better time to stock up on products that aid the development of these abilities, says Marianne Sargent

Although it’s tempting to buy either cheaper items or those intended for domestic use, settings will be better off in the long run with heavy-duty, nursery-friendly furniture. By Annette Rawstrone

Forest school and outdoor teaching are becoming a key part of the early years curriculum, offering deep learning opportunities as well as cultivating a kinship with nature, writes Nicole Weinstein

Providing children with access to loose parts materials enables them to use their imaginations in an endless variety of ways. Nicole Weinstein provides some examples of useful resources

Providing bikes and scooters helps children develop vital physical skills, as well as perseverance and negotiation – while other wheeled resources are also useful, Nicole Weinstein explains

The use of mud kitchens in nurseries’ outdoor spaces has spread significantly since the concept was popularised a few years ago, but children will only get the most out of them if they are regularly reviewed. Nicole Weinstein finds advice for settings, whether they are updating or starting from scratch

Open-ended resources allow children to explore their imaginations. Marianne Sargent gives the lowdown on some flexible resources

There are thousands of apps designed for children, but not all of them will be EYFS-appropriate. Martin Bailey explains what to look out for, and overleaf suggests seven apps ideal for nurseries