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The Early Years Foundation Stage acknowledges that risks can and must be taken, as long as practitioners do assessments beforehand and explain it to the children, says Mary Evans.

In providing resources for playful learning we need to remember the process in which they will be used, not just the outcome at the end, says Anne O'Connor.

There's still a lot to learn about play, says Pat Broadhead.

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Don't overlook the value of enjoyment as a motivating force in working life. Tina Jefferies points to children as an example.

Sarah-Jane Turner, Childminder of the Year in the Nursery World Awards, is from Derbyshire, not Gloucestershire as printed in our Awards supplement.

Children's minister Beverley Hughes has written to UNICEF to complain about a report on early childhood education which she described as 'poor' and full of inaccuracies.

Almost one in four children is overweight or obese by the time they start school, according to figures from the National Child Measurement Programme for the academic year 2007/2008.

We're approaching the festive season and the end of 2008, but there's been no let-up in Government activity across the UK in order to do the Christmas shopping and bake the mince pies!

The NHS operating Framework published last week highlights access to children's centres and the Healthy Child programmes, as improving health and reducing health inequalities. It calls for 'high quality services as close to home as possible and in a range of settings, for example children's centres.'