Nancy Stewart is a writer, consultant and trainer with nationally recognised expertise in early years development and learning. She has wide experience across early years sectors in schools, nurseries, local authority advisory service, and National Strategies where she was Senior Early Years Adviser and wrote guidance materials including ‘Learning, Playing and Interacting’. She has worked to implement national programmes and advised on curriculum and assessment in the 2012 EYFS review. Key areas of interest and expertise are early communication and language for thinking, along with children’s development as self-regulated learners and the central place of play, and playful teaching and learning. Nancy co-authored Development Matters with Helen Moylett, and wrote How children learn - The characteristics of effective early learning, amongst other publications. She is currently Project Lead for the Early Years Coalition’s development of non-statutory guidance for the EYFS, Birth to Five Matters.