In this third article on marketing and promotion, Early Years Update looks at creating a range of promotional material to make potential customers aware of the services you provide read more

Early Years Update looks at the importance of environmental wellbeing in supporting the five outcomes of Every Child Matters read more

Katrina Foley describes how young children’s independence and self-management skills can be promoted in an environment which celebrates risk, challenge and empowerment

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Some people think that children under five are too young to express opinions, but Sara Bryson and her colleagues found ways of ensuring that babies and children were at the heart of the decision-making process read more

Early Years Update highlights the key management issues contained in the EYFS Statutory Framework

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In this second article on marketing and promotion, Early Years Update, looks at how to use market research to find out more about the customers who use your services read more

Juliet Neil-Hall discusses the importantance of attachment and meeting the emotional needs of young children and their parents

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Aisha Ashante of Langtry Children’s Centre describes the thinking behind the centre’s approach to quality provision for young children

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Patricia Lee explains how supporting children’s musical creativity can contribute to their sense of self-worth and emotional wellbeing

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The steering group of the NQIN has produced a set of overarching principles designed to guide the future development of quality improvement processes and quality assurance schemes read more

Early Years Update provides a guided tour of the documents in the new EYFS package read more

In the first part of a series on marketing, Early Years Update looks at the vital area of creating an ‘image’ as part of marketing and promoting your organisation read more

Jenni Clarke discusses the important role early years practitioners can play in helping young children to develop good eating habits

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Franz Atkinson describes a whole-school approach adopted by a small rural primary school read more

Linda Bartholomew and Cathy Kennedy describe their initiative to capitalise on the links which health visitors can create between early years providers and families read more

All primary schools must have a disability equality scheme in place by December 2007. Margaret Collins offers some practical suggestions to help you meet the challenge

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Many of your teachers will not be science specialists. Angela Youngman has been looking at innovative approaches to the teaching of science that help encourage children’s inquisitiveness read more

Looking at the benefits and challenges of different models for providing childcare and early education service in children’s centres and extended schools read more

Joanne MacDonald describes an innovative approach to drugs education for young children

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New research evaluates how effectively Sure Start programmes help children with special needs and disabilities read more

Patricia Lee explores practical ways for you to introduce children to musical concepts and elements. read more

Do you always know what messages your parents are taking away with them? Carole Farrar examines some of the messages that you may be giving out

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Linda Thornton and Pat Brunton explore ways to use the children’s curiosity about their world to become self-motivated, independent learners

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Maggie Parker-Heys urges early years practitioners to appreciate and nurture the skills required to form even the simplest letters

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A Case Study: Anita Brown, Deputy Headteacher, Ponteland Community High School, Northumberland. read more

Psychologist Sylvia Clare discusses the importance of physical touch in helping children and young people reconnect to learning.

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G&T coordinator Jo Smith explains how to get the most out of working with parents. read more

Reticence to engage with parents on the part of schools can be deep-seated. Teachers may not be aware of the benefits that parents can bring to the learning experience and the students may not realise that they will benefit too. Julie McGrane looks at how parental engagement can be initiated and how schools can find the forms of engagement that work best

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Taking on an old building is a commitment that can pay dividends, says Angela Youngman. read more

Marianne Clarkson looks at the life and work of Maria Montessori. read more

Sally Eaton begins a three-part series designed to support managers and leaders who are considering providing some in-house training for their staff. read more

How can you handle children’s surprise at a new classmate’s disfigurement in a way that is positive for everybody? Jane Frances of Changing Faces offers some practical ideas. read more

An effective professional development system is essential for your setting. Steve Mynard explains how to set one up. read more

Carole Farrar highlights how you can make the most of formal communications with parents. read more

The Early Support programme seeks to improve the quality, consistency and coordination of services for young disabled children and their families. A new report examines its effectiveness. read more

Ross Midgley of the Crocus Early Years group offers some practical ideas for managing payments by voucher. read more

Patricia Lee explains how we can help children to acquire ‘pitch’

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Joanne Haine, foundation stage coordinator at Baring Primary School in London, describes how innovative use of ICT made assessment exciting for children and practitioners alike. read more

Locally produced food is increasingly popular in schools and may become more important than going organic, writes Angela Youngman read more

Carole Farrar continues her series on communication with parents. read more

Lev S. Vygotsky is the subject of Steve Mynard’s article on the psychology of child development

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Peter Wynne-Willson urges settings to bring live theatre to their children. read more

Sally Eaton of the Manor Tree Group helps you to think about how you will prepare the ground when you need to make changes in your own setting. read more

Steve Mynard opens a series of articles on educational thinkers who have influenced our approaches to early education. read more

Geography can reward the inquisitiveness of young children, says Steve Mynard

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Extending vocabulary when talking or listening to children is a good way to develop their emotional language. Margaret Collins describes two ways of doing this. read more

Nick Smurthwaite investigates current developments in radio for young children. read more

Margo Turnbull explores the development of children’s communication skills, by focusing on the role of the practitioner. read more

Outdoor learning through nature can be very enriching for pupils. Angela Youngman discusses this broad and creative approach to learning

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What help and support we can provide for early years children about to move into key stage 1? Helen MR Hann explores this issue

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