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The National Gallery is holding the Imaginary Worlds Family Festival during half term.

Have you ever watched your child playing with mud and wondered what it is that so enthrals them? Their enthusiasm almost certainly lies in a desire to explore and be creative, and such explorations start at a very early age.

The name change from Creative Development to Expressive Arts and Design gives practitioners the chance to rethink how they support creativity within early learning, says Di Chilvers, advisory consultant in early childhood.

Creating a space for two age groups to share can help staff get more from resources and ease transition for children. Anne O'Connor suggests ways to make the most of an area.

In a bid to improve creative opportunities for the under-fives and their families in Somerset, four artists were placed in nine children's centres. Louise Monks reports on the project's progress.

Jan Dubiel explains the changes to Expressive Arts and Design in the revised framework

Infant school children are communicating, negotiating, planning and performing in sophisticated ways with their own junkyard orchestra, as Michael Jones reports.

Earlyarts, the national network for people working creatively with children and families, has launched a new interactive map to help settings find early years artists in their area.

Culturebaby is a new programme rolling out in Manchester which aims to help practitioners and families find new ways to engage very young children with art and culture.

Daily access to woodwork and a nearby allotment inspire children to create and construct