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New research claims to provide the first clues to how areas in a child's brain may adapt to early experiences of abuse in the home, and influence emotional functioning in the long term.

Children born a few weeks early have an increased risk of developing behavioural or emotional problems as toddlers, according to new research.

Practitioners admit it is the question that often tries their patience, but it helps to think about a particular child's reasons for asking it, says Jennie Lindon.

Practitioners should acknowledge the feelings that separation can trigger in a young child, a parent and themselves, says Anne O'Connor.

The feelings of children about their early years learning experiences have been captured in new research by Jacqui Cousins.

More than 70 per cent of five-year-olds who have received play therapy show a positive change, according to findings from a new study.

Crawling is an important physical stage in its own right which enables babies to break away from their carers for the first time, says Anne O'Connor.

How to react tactfully to an innocent child's use of rude words or phrases can be a tricky issue for early years practitioners. Jennie Lindon has advice for talking to both children and parents.

A display helped children at Yarm School nursery to explore the meaning of love, as Victoria Harrison explains.

Children of depressed mothers are more likely to experience emotional, behavioural and verbal difficulties as they grow older, according to a new study.