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Action research has helped to develop a nursery garden to better provide open-ended opportunities for learning, as well improving practice. Teacher Sue Duglan breaks down the transformation.

A project involving British and international nurseries is focusing on getting young children to engage with their local communities. Marianne Sargent finds out how it is taking shape.

Settings based on outdoor learning are growing in popularity - and providing focused, creative provision inspired by their individual environments. Nicole Weinstein takes a look at some of the different approaches on offer around the UK and the benefits for children.

In the run-up to International Mud Day on 29 June, Jan White and Menna Godfrey make the case for creating a mud kitchen in your setting and offer advice on how to best approach the task.

With nurseries spending an increasing amount of time outside, many are investing in outdoor structures bringing real benefits to children's play and learning, says Katy Morton.

Use targeted resources that are meaningful to children to get them talking, says Judith Stevens.

There is potential for mathematical learning in all areas of a nursery, so long as practitioners are open to possibilities. Judith Stevens suggests ideas to inspire three- to five-year-olds.

Careful thought is needed to create well-defined and attractive spaces to enhance play, learning and well-being. Ruth Thomson explains.

The forest school approach is growing in popularity, and it is taking a variety of different formats as settings embrace it in ways that reflect their individual needs. Nicole Weinstein explains.

Use first-hand experiences and location resources for learning about environments, says Nicole Weinstein.