In the Beginning explores, synthesizes, and distills current knowledge of early childhood development at the nexus of neuro-scientific discovery. The book's premise - that the brain has a remarkable capacity to change - is underpinned by extensive empirical research. With a deft touch and clarity, In the Beginning explains how the environment, relationships, and care - provided in the earliest stages of life - will have a long lasting impact on children's capacity to regulate their emotional responses and, ultimately, reach their potential. Compelling, authoritative, and highly engaging, In the Beginning provides a wealth of information for a diverse readership (including teachers, health professionals, and parents) with a shared interest in how the mind works and how life's experiences can influence child development and learning. Highly topical and reflective, the book covers chronological development from conception to six years. It draws on the latest international research linking child development and neuroscience, and its engaging style renders the science meaningful to a lay audience.