Written by Jennie Lindon, Understanding Child Development is refreshingly clear, readable and user-friendly. With explanations of the key theories and research in all areas of child development, this is the ideal resource for students at Levels 3 and 4, on Foundation and Early Childhood Studies Degrees. Understanding Child Development covers the main theoretical approaches and the key concepts that have shaped good practice - making the practical application of theory and research much more accessible. It provides the underpinning knowledge which is essential for students on all early years and child care courses, as well as those studying playwork, child psychology and child development. With its clear and logical links between theory and good practice, definitions of key concepts, as well as a wealth of example, exercises, and learning features, Understanding Child Development is the ideal text for Early Years students, tutors, assessors and practitioners.