Practice Guide: Child Development

A 10-part guide to child development in the early years, covering language, communication, awareness, behaviour, memory, relationships, the brain and physical and emotional development.

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Child Development: Your guide to the first five years: part 1 - A holistic view

Best practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage will depend on understanding how all the aspects of child's development link together. Maria Robinson sets out a way to approach them.

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Child Development: Your guide to the first five years: part 2 - The beautiful brain

The experiences young children have with their carers can shape the development of their brains and influence the sort of people they become, says Maria Robinson....

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Child Development: Your guide to the first five years: part 3 - Emotional development

Emotional development moves from the simple and universal feelings to the more complicated ones involving other people, all by the age of two years, says Maria Robinson....

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Child Development: Your guide to the first five years: part 4 - Relationships

Early years practitioners should reflect on how the quality of the relationships they establish with the children in their care will influence the child's emotional...

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Child Development: Your guide to the first five years: part 5 - Physical development

Early years practitioners need to appreciate how the interrelated processes of physical development in a child's body support their growing sense of mental and emotional...

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Child Development: Your guide to the first five years: part 6 - Memory

The different types within the human memory system, what they are used for and the ages and stages at which they develop in young children are outlined by Maria...

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Child Development: Your guide to the first five years: part 7 - Awareness

The development of being conscious of oneself and the wider world begins with the care that a child receives from attentive adults, explains Maria Robinson.

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Child development: Your guide to the first five years: part 8 Communication

The many ways that young children and adults give and receive messages without using words, and their importance for secure, social relations, are explored by Maria...

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Child Development: Your Guide to the First Five Years part 9 - Language

How language begins with sounds, which acquire meaning through the accompaniment of actions in an exchange between infants and adults, is a journey described by...

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Child development: Your guide to the first five years: part 10 Behaviour

Behaviour is a complex interplay of every aspect of development, and for young children, the driving force behind it is the ability to manage emotions, explains...