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Embracing risky play gives children the chance to push themselves to their limits, with physical, emotional and educational benefits, explains Annette Rawstrone
In Northumberland, one setting has created an environment for children with special educational needs and disabilities. By Charlotte Goddard
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
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
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
With nurseries spending an increasing amount of time outside, many are investing in outdoor structures bringing real benefits to children's play and learning, says Katy Morton.
Use targeted resources that are meaningful to children to get them talking, says Judith Stevens.
There is potential for mathematical learning in all areas of a nursery, so long as practitioners are open to possibilities. Judith Stevens suggests ideas to inspire three- to five-year-olds.
Careful thought is needed to create well-defined and attractive spaces to enhance play, learning and well-being. Ruth Thomson explains.
A nursery's design, from the way spaces are laid out to how books are stored and the furniture and resources used, can make a big difference to children's learning and behaviour, says Nicole Weinstein.
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