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I have decided to create an outdoor nursery. As a dad of two, I understand how important it is for children to be able to play and express their imagination, risk take and build on self-esteem in an relaxed and natural environment.

In the final article of this series, Gabriella Jozwiak hears about life at the helm of the country’s oldest nursery school

Pretend shops are a magnet for young children – and the role play can be meaningful too, explains Nicole Weinstein, who also provides some useful resourcing pointers

Everyday items brought into a play environment are attractive to toddlers and help their learning and development. By Penny Tassoni

The Danish concept of ‘hygge’ can promote well-being, find Alison Prowle and Angela Hodgkins

Noticing what a baby is attending to, and then talking to them about it, boosts language development. By Dr Danielle Matthews, Dr Michelle McGillion and Professor Julian Pine

The best weaning method is baby-led and involves interesting, nutritious food, writes Mary Llewellin

The weather may be getting colder and wetter, but the December garden has some surprises

A course in outdoor learning helped play leader Charlie McNair to think more deeply about how children learn. By Hannah Crown

Charlotte Goddard finds out how the 30-hour pilot in Swindon is being extended to offer flexible childcare to shift-workers