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Observe how absorbed the children can become in particular schemas when you provide resources and activities suggested by Diana Lawton.
One nursery combines learning through play with family involvement by making science boxes. Mary Evans finds out what it's all about.
Go back in time for children to get a sense of themselves and to explore concepts with activities across the early years curriculum suggested by Sheila Ebbutt.
Contrasts, and cause and effect, are just some of the concepts within the learning to be found in an investigation of 'wet' and 'dry' by Carole Skinner, Fran Mosley and Sheila Ebbutt.
Now's the time to go out on a leaf hunt and discover how many areas for learning they can lead you to. Try starting with these ideas from Carole Skinner, Fran Mosley and Sheila Ebbutt.
A display can reach far beyond the wall it's on. Jean Evans hears how.
Stimulate the senses, stretch children's skills and extend provision for special needs by developing a sensory garden, as one nursery shows Viv Hampshire how they did it.
A short film launched a month-long multi-media project covering everything from science to emotions, says Lynn Scott, foundation stage advanced skills teacher at Childwall Valley Primary School, Liverpool.
With so much to gain from the effective use of ICT, it makes sense to ensure that early years settings are suitably resourced, says Jane Drake.
You don't need to be near water to give children an outdoor area that offers rich play and learning opportunities with sand, says Jan White.
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