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The UK has one of the worst records in western Europe for child pedestrian safety. Many communities suffer from fast drivers, a lack of safe crossing places and narrow pavements that make it dangerous to take young children out on foot.

Parents were won over when a nursery let the children explore working with real tools, says Laura Wayman.

The upcoming review of the Early Years Foundation Stage needs to look carefully at worldwide studies of effective pre-school approaches, says Oli de Botton of the CfBT Education Trust.

Collections of natural objects offer children rich sensory experiences and are a great way to nourish their brains, says Anne O'Connor.

Anticipation of a real event gave the opportunity for the young children at Busy Bees nursery in Durham City to play and learn via a pretend nuptials.

Only meaningful dialogue between the Government and the early years sector will avoid ideological swings in policy and achieve a balanced approach to reform of the EYFS, say Margaret Edgington, Richard House and Kim Simpson of the Open EYE Campaign.

What do children really get out of playing outdoors? An action research project into children's fascinations and explorations in nature, described by Annie Davy and Jennie Creese, found the evidence.

Follow young children on the trail of new sensory experiences and inspiring ideas to take back to nursery, with Katy Morton.

Children at the Eureka! Nursery in Halifax, West Yorkshire, have been enjoying the World Cup through their stomachs by tucking into food from the 32 countries whose teams are competing.

Enthusiastic practitioners, well-chosen equipment, and curious children were the perfect ingredients for a county-wide ICT project. Amy Stancer describes the outcomes.