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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Childcare Practice

Childcare Practice

In the Western world today, most young children spend at least some time in professional childcare.  This has come to be regarded as a normal way of raising children.  It is essential that staff engaged in childcare practice have a very good understanding of the science of connection.  The years that children spend in childcare are the years…

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Changing nappies is as much about babies’ brains as their bottoms

Changing nappies is as much about babies’ brains as their bottoms

We are conflicted about nappy changing these days. As a society, it makes us uncomfortable. It is distasteful, involving dirty, smelly bodily substances. It is anxiety provoking, requiring the exposure of babies’ genitals. It is inconvenient, necessitating a pause in the midst of whatever other activity a parent has underway. And it frequently emotional, with babies…

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