Penelope Leach's classic childcare manual - updated for 21st century parents
In the 21st century we know a child's psychological development and well-being is just as important as any physical need. Here Penelope Leach brings together key new scientific evidence about the way infants think and react to their parents and the outside world. Find guidance on sleeping, feeding, playing and washing as well as stage-by-stage advice on your baby's physical, intellectual and emotional development from birth to five. You'll learn how to respond to your child and achieve a happier, more harmonious family life.
More than a guide to childcare - this insight from Penelope Leach into your child's needs, thoughts and behaviours - will help you to really communicate together. You'll get support and learn to trust your parenting instincts and gain the confidence to live by your baby and child, not by the book.
Penelope Leach is a research psychologist, specializing in child development, a passionate advocate for parents, and a mother and grandmother. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and an Hon. Senior Research Fellow at the Tavistock Clinic and at the Centre for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, Birkbeck. Penelope is a founding member of AIMH-UK - the Association for Infant Mental Health - and has been President of the National Child Minding Association; a Trustee of Home-Start and a Trustee and Research Adviser to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Her recent research, as co-director of the Families, Children and Child Care study, concerns the effects of various kinds and combinations of child care on children's development from birth to school age. Books by Penelope Leach include Babyhood: infant development from birth to two years; Children First: what society must do - and is not doing - for children today. And in 2009, Child Care Today: what we know and what we need to know .