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Children at one setting learned about the lifecycle of butterflies by caring for a disabled one, explains Annette Rawstrone

How a dragon’s visit amazed and inspired Reception children in Manchester. By Annette Rawstrone

Requiring only simple materials, block play nevertheless gives children the power to bring imaginary worlds to life. Michael Follett suggests handing over creative control.

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

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.

Raising plants indoors is a great way to anticipate what nature will be doing outdoors, as Kathy Swinburne at Busy Bears Children's Day Nursery, Co Durham, discovers.

Nursery children heeded the SOS message about rubbish and recycling. Ruth Thomson reports.

Staff observe and record children's individual discoveries with magnetic attraction, as Jean Evans hears.

One nursery combines learning through play with family involvement by making science boxes. Mary Evans finds out what it's all about.

A display can reach far beyond the wall it's on. Jean Evans hears how.