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Making space for play

Professor Cathy Nutbrown shows why, in the words of Comenius and Confucius, 'it is better to play than do nothing'.

Editor's view - Wales the brave

The Welsh Government deserves plaudits for its bravery in implementing the play-based Foundation Phase for threeto seven-year-olds - radical indeed compared to the way that things are progressing in England.

Physical reality

The experiences of a child in early years are critical for their future, says Jan Dubiel

Let’s find a new vision

It’s time to create a new curriculum and early years system that better cater to today’s children, writes Professor Iram Siraj

Opinion: Editor's view - Don't panic about the EYFS - just get to the core of best practice

'Evolution not revolution' has become something of a cliche, but certainly not a meaningless one where early years practice is concerned. As Julian Grenier, head of Kate Greenaway Nursery School and Children's Centre, points out in 'All About... planning around core experiences' (pages 17-22), the belief that implementing the Early Years Foundation Stage involves tearing up everything that went before and starting from scratch has caused no end of heartache and stress!

EYFS guidance - Better together

The revised Development Matters has strengths and weaknesses, and continued discussion is needed, write Prof Kathy Sylva, Prof Iram Siraj and Dr Sandra Mathers

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