Published for our 90th anniversary, this short paper was written by Early Education Vice President Marion Dowling.
There has been a revolution in our understanding of very young children. We now know that they are far more competent and capable than we ever realised. No longer do we regard young babies as helpless, but as individuals who are born learners – “a brain in waiting” as Maria Robinson (2009) describes. And the early years is a time of remarkable all-round development.