'This book should be required reading for all those with responsibility for children under the age of three and is the ideal guide for students on training courses..or for those pursuing continuing professional development - Early Years Educator. 'All the material presented is accessible and clear..it is an invaluable source of information for further research..It comes highly recommended' - Early Years Update. 'From the very first page, Cathy Nutbrown and Jools Page lay down the twin cornerstones of this fabulous book, the sheer brilliance of babies' minds and the daunting challenges facing those who work with them professionally..This is a principled book, underpinned by a commitment to advocacy and respect for under threes. Yet it is practical too, rich in case vignettes and linked reflections. I hope it will come to be regarded as required reading by those with responsibility for children under three' - Peter Elfer, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Roehampton University. This book is an essential companion for all who work with children under three. It makes current research accessible, and provides practical support material for curriculum, learning, teaching, planning and assessment. The authors focus on work in settings of all kinds to promote best practice and offer a high quality experience for the age range. Key features of the book are: - a theoretical foundation relevant to different social contexts - an accessible summary of research into learning and development - a review of current policies on provision - a discussion of international approaches to support learning and development - case studies and practice-based examples of approaches to developing effective and appropriate provision in group settings and home care. This book is for students on initial training courses including foundation degrees, NVQ, early childhood studies degrees and those seeking Early Years Professional Status. It is also for practitioners whether in initial training, BA and MA degrees or in continuing professional development.