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Child Development

The developing child, communicating skilfully, and nurturing competent learners

Babies and children develop in individual ways at varying rates. Every area of development - physical, cognitive, linguistic, spiritual, social and emotional - is equally important. Child Development focuses on three key areas of the developing child, the child as a skilful communicator and, the child as competent learner. It covers key issues such as the impact of nature and nurture on children's development, factors which put development at risk and which support children's development, and the effect of emotional wellbeing and cultural influences on young children's development. Each section includes case studies, checklists for monitoring practice, ideas for developing effective practice, insights into related theories and research and points for reflection or discussion.

Ages: 0-5 | Pages: 80 | Code: TS0301 | ISBN: 9781925145281

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Nicole Halton

Nicole Halton – Co-founder/director of Inspired EC and educational consultant
Nicole Halton has been a proud member and advocate of the early childhood profession for over 13 years. Nicole is particularly passionate about the provision of quality early childhood services and children having the right to a childhood filled with risk, adventure and fun. 

From 2005 to 2012, Nicole was the director of Woodrising Community Preschool and Child Care Centre, a service that has developed a strong reputation for its commitment to natural play environments and authentic experiences for children. During her leadership the centre was one of the first services to be assessed under the National Quality Standards and achieved the rating of 'Exceeding'.  

In 2007 Nicole and her business partner Natashja Treveton spent countless hours discussing the need for inspiring professional development in their local area and, as a result, founded their educational training and consultancy business, Inspired EC. Their passion and enthusiasm in their beliefs have allowed the company as well as the services they offer to develop and expand and to ‘inspire’ thousands of educators Australia wide.


Linda Pound

Linda Pound is an experienced educator and author who has worked in all sectors of education, including tertiary, but whose passion is work with young children and their families. She has been head of a nursery school and deputy head of a primary school, and has also run both foundation and honours degree programmes on early childhood studies.


1. The developing child7
Historical understandings of child development7
Current views of child development9
Key milestones in thinking and development16
Risk and resilience26
Measuring progress?26
Enabling environments28
2. A skilful communicator38
The importance of communication38
Born communicators39
15 golden rules for communicating effectively with children43
Enabling environments48
Communication-friendly spaces for bilingual and multilingual learners52
Challenges and dilemmas53
Improving practice in a supported playgroup54
3. A competent learner57
What is learning?57
Learning and the brain58
Learning to move62
Active learning68
Thinking critically71
Enabling environments73
Singing from the same song sheet?75
Bringing it all together78