In this new edition of a popular resource, the authors provide a wealth of practical suggestions on how to implement the most up-to-date research findings into how children learn best in early years settings. It is fully-updated with reference to all the latest initiatives including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Every Child Matters. This practical resource includes ways to promote self-esteem and emotional intelligence; ideas for teaching through play, music and movement; activities for circle time; advice on managing behaviour positively and fostering relationships with parents and carers. This resource book can be used independently or as a companion to The Thinking Child, also in its second edition. Handy margin references direct you to the appropriate pages of the sister book should you wish to learn more about the theory and research behind the practical techniques. An indispensable resource for early years practitioners of all settings, this book will also appeal to trainee teachers and parents.