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Language expert urges nursery practitioners not to simplify their language for children

Sue Learner, Editor (30-Dec-16)

Nursery practitioners are being advised to boost children’s language skills by using words they don’t understand instead of deliberately using simple words. Early years language expert, Michael Jones, believes.....

Do young children today experience any free, unstructured child-led play?

Sue Learner, Editor (22-Dec-16)

Play is recognised as being essential to children’s development, yet it is vital that children get to experience both structured, adult-led play as well as free child-led play. The question is does free child-led play exist anymore? Child-led.....

Toy guns: 'Children have an innate, inquisitive nature to explore good and bad, right and wrong'

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (16-Dec-16)

Playing with toy guns is a controversial subject within the early years sector. It can provoke a sharp intake of breath when mentioned in certain company, and many nursery settings adopt a zero-tolerance approach. Carla.....

Children's new year resolutions: 'We won't whine, cry or throw parmesan cheese around'

Angeline Albert, News Editor (15-Dec-16)

We’ve all heard the half-hearted tiresome pledges of grown-ups to join a gym or save money at the start of a new year, but this new year’s resolution is uttered by children who seem to understand the depths of their crimes and are.....

Professor Robert Winston: 'Children need to be allowed to fail'

Sue Learner, Editor (02-Dec-16)

Today’s society, according to Professor Robert Winston, is “obsessed with success”. Yet failure is equally important, says the scientist, known for presenting the landmark series Child of Our Time, which.....