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With spring in the air, now is the perfect time to think about how you can make the most of the great outdoors

Could spring be here at long last?

This morning I’m feeling upbeat that this could be the case, as the sun is shining, the daffodils are in bloom and the trees in the street where I live are looking very handsome with their swathes of white blossom.

And so thoughts increasingly turn to getting children outdoors – whether that is to the local park or moving learning outdoors into your outside space. While best practice dictates that children should access the outdoors throughout the year, there is no denying that when the weather improves there is a lot more motivation to make changes to this aspect of provision.

On page 47, this month’s special focus provides inspiration on how to turn even the smallest space into a place where children can stretch themselves and make exciting learning discoveries. One strategy is to regularly ask children themselves what they would like

– getting down to ground level with them can help to bring their ideas to life.

On the subject of enabling environments, have you thought of entering this category

– or any of the others – for this year’s

Nursery World Awards? If you are looking for inspiration, turn to our

‘Award-winning outdoor spaces’ management guide on the NW website, where our regular contributor Julie Mountain visits past winners to highlight what makes them special.

In addition to this month’s fabulous seasonal practice coverage – plus our latest analysis of issues pertaining to the Government’s expanded childcare offer and all things newsworthy – I’m delighted to introduce you to our EYE supplement, which each month will provide eight pages of additional content. This section will keep you up to date with research, provide first-hand information on student journeys and review the latest professional and picture books. Turn to page 39 to find out more. Happy reading.

In this issue

Helen Moylett is a consultant, author and Nursery World Lifetime Achievement

Award winner. On page 18 she begins a new four-part series which reassesses the Characteristics of Effective Learning and provides best practice advice on how to make these central to working with young children today.

Nick Corlett is sustainability manager at LEYF. On page 47 he explains how to get the creative juices flowing to meet the challenges of designing a small outdoor space. At LEYF this has included creating vertical gardens, using mirrors and prioritising resources on wheels that can keep the layout flexible.

Elly Roberts is editor of EYE, which will feature as a new eight-page section in NW. This month, on page 40, find out more about a fascinating new study that explores how infants first learn language through its rhythm, rather than individual sounds or phonetic information.

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