‘The book gives excellent insight of current Early Years topics by covering international educational approaches and discussing the need to professionalise the sector. It is suitable for students on Early Childhood Studies programme, EYPS, and Early Years Foundation Degrees.’ - Eva Mikuska, Senior Lecturer at University of Chichester, MA, EYPS, and Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood

Development from conception to 3 - new understanding

Development from conception to 3 - new understanding

Keys Ideas Explored in This Chapter

  • new research evidence and current thinking that can inform ECEC practice
  • the need for early years’ practitioners to be secure in their understanding of normative development
  • factors from conception and through the first months of life that may affect long-term development.

Valuable research from a number of disciplines including psychology, medicine and education now supports our understanding of the importance of factors in early development in relation to long-term outcomes for children. The Early Years Framework states: ‘It is during our very earliest years and even pre-birth that a large part of the pattern of our future adult life is set’ (Scottish Government, 2008: 1).

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