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The right mix of quality play resources, combined with sensitive adult support, will open up opportunities for children to explore feelings.

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.

Personal, social and emotional development (PSED) has always been at the heart of the early years curriculum, and its importance has once again been made clear in the review of the EYFS by Dame Clare Tickell. She is recommending that PSED, along with communication and physical development, becomes a 'prime' area of learning in the revised curriculum.

Create welcoming nooks for children to unwind in

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