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.

Early Thoughts: Babies' and Infants' Thinking from Birth to Three Years

Early Thoughts: Babies' and Infants' Thinking from Birth to Three Years

Early thoughts: Babies' and infants' thinking from birth to three years


This chapter:

  • recognises the capability of babies and infants to think
  • considers the very young child's primary need for a close attachment
  • understands how the very young child:
    • becomes a thinking person in his own right and starts to understand the minds of others
    • thinks flexibly, makes sense of experiences, imagines and communicates his thoughts and ideas

There has been a revolution in our understanding of babies. We now know that they are far more competent and capable than we ever realised. No longer do we regard young babies as helpless but, as Maria Robinson describes, ‘a brain in waiting’ (1). We see the baby from the start of life ...

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