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Design and technology sparks imagination and helps children begin to make sense of the world in which we live, says Nicole Weinstein.

Introducing some waste-inspired activities can help children learn about reusing, recycling and disposal. Marianne Sargent suggests a range of approaches.

An initiative in Liverpool looking at ICT has taken practitioners into new territory, says project developer Ann Langston of Early Years Matters.

Active outdoor play has many benefits for children. Viv Hampshire explains how her children's centre is encouraging families to get out and about, rain or shine.

Involving children in collecting and presenting data for graphs, charts or pictograms helps them to understand the information.

Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will notice that your child, like most children, is almost always curious and interested in everything going on around them.

The focus of this area of learning is now on understanding people and communities, the natural and built environment, and everyday objects with functions created by technology.

Exploration of the world in the early years can be supported with an interactive map of your local area. Marianne Sargent offers some guidance on making one.

Children can learn far more from stroking a cow than looking at one in a book. Vesela Gladicheva describes what's on offer at urban farms.

Ann Langston explains the changes to Understanding the World in the revised framework