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Developing Brains


Enough is now known to be able to say clearly that, for children to reach their full potential, supporting the healthy development of their brains is paramount and the powerful effects of early environments, both physical and social, can no longer be ignored. The current issue of Early Childhood in Focus from the Bernard van Leer Foundation starts with a basic explanation of the brain and how it functions for people with little or no previous knowledge of the field; continues with an overview of the developmental processes involved as the child's brain grows and matures in constant interaction with the environment, from conception through to adulthood; and concludes with a section on the powerful effect of early environments, both [physical and social, on the developing brain. Download here.

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