In the Beginning: The brain, early development and learning explores, synthesises and distils current knowledge of child development at the cutting edge of neuroscientific research. With exceptional clarity, Dr Michael C. Nagel draws on empirical evidence to explain the brain’s remarkable capacity to change. From pre-conception to birth, and throughout the preschool and early school years, the importance of the environment and, most crucially, the presence of nurturing relationships will powerfully impact children’s lives. These critical factors will influence the innate ability of children to regulate their emotional responses, develop language skills, form social connections and reach their potential long-term. At once compelling and authoritative, In the Beginning provides a wealth of information for a diverse readership – including early childhood educators, health professionals, teachers and parents – with a shared interest in how the brain evolves, and how life’s experiences can dramatically shape the child.