Thanks to its clear links between theory and practice, this highly accessible book will be valuable to early childhood practitioners, teachers and students. The author explores the development of childrens thinking from 0–7 years, and shares the implications of these developments for practice in the home, Early Years settings and schools.

The book includes:

Case studies; Professional checkpoints to help reflection; Practical suggestions; Guidance on how to involve parents; Suggested further reading; Questions for discussion

It will be a great asset for students on Early Years Foundation Degrees, Early Years Initial Teacher Education and Early Childhood Studies courses.

Thinking about Young Children's Thinking

Thinking about young children's thinking


This chapter explores:

  • what is thinking in young children
  • why it is important to have regard for young children's thinking
  • what happens when young children think
  • how we recognise their thinking

Our Brains, Minds and Thoughts

Brain and Mind

We are all born with a physical brain but how does the mind develop? This is a vast and almost imponderable question but we know that the mind is more than the grey matter that we all inherit. Rather, it is shaped and refined by individual personal experience – as such, it is unique to each person. Susan Greenfield suggests that ‘the mind may be the evolving personal aspect of the physical world’ and ‘consciousness brings the mind alive’ (1). Young babies become conscious ...

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