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Digital technology in early years settings divides commentators, but the strength of opinion backs children using it in creative ways, finds Annette Rawstrone

A host of early experts are on hand tomorrow and on Saturday to lead our one-hour seminars at the show in Liverpool.

Technology – especially the kind that involves screens – always divides opinion when it comes to children. Meredith Jones Russell talks to two digital tech experts to find out how they think the subject should be represented within the revised EYFS

There's a wide range of top-quality training from leading experts in the seminar programme at Nursery World North 2018.

Activities that use computational thinking, such as giving a robot very simple instructions, teach problem-solving and encourages children to take a creative approach to technology. By Marc Faulder

Computational thinking can take place in the kitchen, when sequencing stories, in experimenting with floating and sinking objects, and even when playing with toy cars, explains Marc Faulder

Pattern-spotting and decomposition are two of the six fundamental skills required for computational thinking. Marc Faulder examines how they best fit with what is already practised in the early years

Computational skills need to be reflected in curricula and practice, writes Marc Faulder in the first part of a new series on teaching computational thinking in the early years

It’s very difficult to switch attention away from the start of the 30 hours implementation – understandably given its likely impact on the early years sector.

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