During their first three years, young children are developing and learning more than they will at any other time in their lives. Research shows that the social interactions and experiences that young children have are crucial in influencing the structure and development of the child’s brain. Further materials are available in Health and Wellbeing.

Two-year old progress check

Practitioners should carry out progress checks for all children at two. Islington EYFST has developed guidance in partnership with providers and practitioners, Speech and Language Therapy and the Educational Psychology service. If you have any queries or comments please contact Maria Tallon 0207 527 8686

Suggested Reading List

  • Why Love Matters. Gerhardt. S. Routledge 2004
  • Attachment. Bowlby J. Pelican 1969
  • How Babies Think Gopnik A, Meltzer A. & Kuhn P. Phoenix 1999
  • Early Intelligence Eliot l. Penguin 1999
  • Young Children’s Close Relationships Dunne J. Sage publications 1993
  • People Under Three: young children in day care Goldschmeid E. & Jackson S. Routledge 1994
  • From Birth to One: the year of opportunity Robinson M. Open University Press 2003
  • Key times for play Manning-Morton J. & Thorp M. Open University Press 2003
  • Understanding Child Development. Linden J. Hodder Arnold 2005

Related Links

The British Association for Early Childhood Education

Talk To Your Baby

Community Playthings

Zero to Three

Early Support


See also

Work with parents and vulnerable pupils