'This is a book to be treasured. Not only does this deeply respected pioneer of early childhood education bring together major research literature, theoretical understanding and practical help, but she does so in a way that demonstrates her love and commitment in working with young children and helping them to have rich lives intellectually and with personal fulfilment.' - Professor Tina Bruce CBE 'Marion Dowling's highly knowledgeable yet accessible book will be hugely valuable for all those who care deeply about young children's learning and development.' - Liz Roberts, Editor, Nursery World 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 children's 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. Marion Dowling works as a trainer and consultant in the UK and overseas, and is Vice President of Early Education, a national charity.