Research and analysis

Heuristic play and 'islands of intimacy' in nursery care

This publication was withdrawn on 13 September 2016

This good practice example has been withdrawn as it is older than 3 years and may no longer reflect current policy.

Ofsted good practice example showing use of Elinor Goldschmied’s theories on early childhood by Everton Nursery School and Family Centre.



This example shows how children’s personal, social and emotional development, communication, language and problem-solving skills are enhanced using Elinor Goldschmied’s theories on heuristic play and ‘islands of intimacy’.