Elinor Goldschmied developed treasure baskets for babies who can sit up and the heuristic play approach for toddlers.Her practical ideas are still helping early years practitioners and parents to provide the rich and nurturing environment that babies and young children need if they are to thrive mentally, emotionally and physically.


Learning & Development: Treasure baskets & heuristic play - First choice

In a tribute to childcare pioneer Elinor Goldschmied, Anita Hughes looks at Treasure Baskets, Heuristic Play and her unique legacy.


Learning & Development: Elinor Goldschmied - A life revisited

The legacy of early years pioneer Elinor Goldschmied has been given new life in a film looking at her lasting influence on practice. By Dr Jacqui Cousins, Anita...


Home learning - A parent's guide to ... treasure basket and heuristic play

Giving your child opportunities to explore a variety of objects can aid their developmental progress. Penny Tassoni explains.


Positive Relationships: A parent's guide to ... heuristic play

Having looked at 'treasure-basket play', Penny Tassoni looks at how this type of play can be developed with toddlers into something known as 'heuristic play'.


Positive Relationships: A parent's guide to ... treasure baskets

Penny Tassoni explains why treasure basket play is a fantastic experience for young children and how you can do it at home


A Unique Child: Practice in pictures, Sensory Play - In a nutshell

Collections of natural objects offer children rich sensory experiences and are a great way to nourish their brains, says Anne O'Connor.


Nursery Equipment: Treasure baskets & heuristic play - Natural discovery

Babies and toddlers learn from experience and love to explore all sorts of shapes, sizes and textures of even the most basic household items. Nicole Weinstein explains...


Enabling environments resources for under-threes: Pick and mix

Try treasure baskets and discovery boxes for babies to become engrossed in self-directed play, in the second part of a series from Claire Stevenson, Donna Luck and...


Enabling Environments: Tried and Tested - Baskets of treasure

In practice, treasure baskets are a tried and tested resource that provide endless fascination for the babies who explore them, but their originator was strict about...


Learning & Development Heuristic Play: Outdoor treasures

It's not just babies who gain from heuristic play - and better still if it takes place outdoors, as Sara Davies found in her research.


All about... heuristic play

Children start to understand the world by exploring objects, writes Jools Page, Senior Early Childhood Consultant, Kent


Enabling Environments: Equipment - Link to nature

The principles of a leading early years equipment maker are behind bags of natural objects for heuristic play, assembled by school pupils. Ruth Thomson reports....


Early Years Pioneers: Elinor Goldschmied

Elinor Goldschmied's contributions to the education of children and their carers are described by Sonia Jackson