From Birth to One: The Year of Opportunity

From Birth to One: The Year of Opportunity

From Birth to One: The Year of Opportunity

From Birth to One: The Year of Opportunity


"The first year of life is the year of opportunity. It is when the foundations of our emotional and social well-being together with our motivation and ability to learn begin to be laid down by an ongoing interplay of physical, neurological and psychological processes. Maria Robinson draws upon up to date research to illuminate this process and highlights the importance of understanding the meaning and influence of adult interactions, reactions and behaviour towards their child and the child's impact on the adult. She indicates how the outcomes of early experience can influence the direction of future development so providing insight into the potential reasons for children's behavioural responses. This fascinating book is a valuable resource for all early years practitioners including teachers, social workers and health visitors who wish to understand behaviour within a context of early developmental processes." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but
in seeing with new eyes.

Marcel Proust (1871–1922)

We must begin again from the very foundations, unless we would
revolve for ever in a circle with mean and contemptible progress.

Francis Bacon (1561–1626)

Life is all about experience – what has happened to us in the past and what is happening to us now. Experience itself is multi-dimensional as our lives are affected to a greater or lesser degree by political and social change, and in this shrinking world the effect of events in distant countries can influence the circumstances of our day-to-day living. However, like Russian dolls, where each layer reveals another layer, when we think about experience we also peel away levels of influence. the quality of our lives is not only determined by our wider social and cultural framework but also by our personal, social and professional relationships. Throughout life our ability to manage life experiences and our style of living have a qualitative association with our particular stage of development. We intuitively recognize this and consequently we label the early years, dividing them into different phases. We refer to newborns or neonates, infants or babies, toddlers, preschoolers and schoolchildren.

Of course, this may seem obvious. However, development does not involve only a physical and cognitive maturation of body and mind but also an emotional and social distinctiveness that reflects the particular way in which all of us are able to manage our experiences at a particular time. in addition, we also have our own particular view, supported by a shared developmental framework – of which more later.

Once we reach 'adulthood' there is a tendency to consider development as 'over', when in reality we have the potential to continue developing cognitively, in particular in the arenas of emotional, social and spiritual reflection. Wisdom can come with age, but this is not necessarily the case, especially if these capacities are lost due to an emphasis on, or pursuit of, 'youth' as the only worthwhile stage of life.

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