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Every time you start your day, you draw on the emotional attachment processes your brain built as a baby. Perhaps you wish your partner a good day at work, give the dog one last fond pat, confidently place your youngest child in the arms of her childminder, worry  whether your older child is going to…

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Brain Development

Brain Development

Babies’ experiences of relationships shape brain development.  That’s why emotional connection matters so much for them. Neuroscientific discoveries over the past two decades have given us a much better understanding of human brain development and why early life events have such a lasting impact on neural pathways. Babies’ brains are not complete at birth.  They…

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Early Years Economics

Early Years Economics

What is the economic case for investment in the early years?  It has been strengthening for some time, but our societal awareness of this argument is still patchy.  It is therefore useful to look at the kinds of evidence now being used to support financial decisions relating to early years investment. What is the economic…

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Sabre Tooth Tigers & Teddy Bears

Sabre Tooth Tigers & Teddy Bears

How can we help more people to understand what attachment is and how it works? The scientific community may talk a lot about it, but parents have often never heard of it – even though this information would be very helpful to them! Maybe what we need is a different language for explaining it? That’s…

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Emotional Trauma

Emotional Trauma

The emotional trauma that children experience doesn’t necessarily end when a tough time is over. Its consequences can easily last a lifetime. That’s what neuroscience has been telling us for the past two decades. If we are willing, as a society, to come to terms with this knowledge, then we will be able to solve…

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