About the Author
Linda Thornton has over thirty years experience in education as ateacher, headteacher, adviser and lead officer for early years. She ispassionate about developing children's thinking and learning, valuingcreative learning environments and encouraging educators to think aboutthe 'why' as well as the 'how' in their approach to teaching. Linda isa director of alc associates and currently provides consultancy andtraining for local authorities across the UK. Pat Brunton's background as a research scientist has led to herinterest in the idea of babies and young children as researchers, andto recognising the value of involving families in their children'slearning through science and technology. She has extensiveexperience of the early years field and provides training for a widevariety of audiences including school governors, teachers, early yearsand childcare practitioners and children's centre professionals.