Understanding the World

Resources for understanding the world in the Early Years Foundation Stage.


The government is providing a package of workforce training, support and guidance for the early years sector to aid staff and settings.

You can access free online training from the DfE on the Help for Early Years Providers pages. There's a section on understanding the world with videos and ideas to support play and development.

Key sites

  • Comprehensive Museum of London materials to support learning using museums and galleries
  • Persona doll training - resources and information from this international organisation that promotes equality and inclusion and challenges discrimination in child-friendly ways
  • Amaze is a Brighton & Hove and Sussex-based organisation offering advice and support to families of children with special needs and disabilities
  • Science Sparks hosts a wealth of great hands-on activities to develop children’s awareness of the world around them
  • Mud kitchen….mud lab? be inspired by the Muddy Faces Facebook page
  • The free Making a Mud Kitchen book is available from Muddy Faces

One-off articles

People and communities

  • Support children’s awareness of others through these excellent books recommended by Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS), great for Refugee Week: Welcome, Lost and Found and for older children My Name is Not Refugee

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