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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.
National Strategies series: Part 3 - From the child
Children need poetry early on if they are to appreciate it throughout life. Viv Hampshire suggests some activities and books for making a start.
Imagination is the only resource you'll need in abundance to enjoy activities inspired by this children's book, says Helen Bromley.
Observing the level of involvement that children show in their play can tell you much about their emotional well-being, says Anne O'Connor.
A unique structured therapy programme is changing the prospects of nursery children with speech and language delay. Ruth Thomson reports.
The importance of leaving children to their own devices with imagination and the most basic materials is explored by Helen Huleatt of Community Playthings with Professor Tina Bruce, Lynn McNair and Sian Wyn Siencyn.
Observe how absorbed the children can become in particular schemas when you provide resources and activities suggested by Diana Lawton.
Is independence something that can be taught? How do early years practitioners approach it with the children's parents? Annette Rawstrone spoke to teachers at a Montessori school.
One nursery combines learning through play with family involvement by making science boxes. Mary Evans finds out what it's all about.
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