what-every-parent-needs-to-know-the-incredible-effects-of-love-nurture-and-play-on-your-childs-developmentMargot Sunderland, a children’s psychologist and psychotherapist, has written an easy to read, internationally acclaimed book.  Collaborating with leading neuroscience Professor Jaak Panksepp, it is based on ten years research of parent-child interaction and the developing brain.  This book is accessible to all and has very clear diagrams and explanations breaking down the neuro-chemical and psychological affects of interventions such as controlled crying and the naughty step, giving insightful alternatives.





why-love-mattersSue Gerhardt‘s book looks at how affection shapes a babies brain and translates cutting edge science into accessible reading.  Her book has been praised by many including the Guardian and the Financial Times.  It explains why love is so important in the early years for brain development and the impact it has on our social and emotional brain systems.  After this book you will no longer reproach parents who ‘spoil’ their young baby. Insightful and thought provoking, this book should be read by every government and childcare provider.  Read an interview with Susan Gerhardt.






the-happiest-toddler-on-the-blockHarvey Karp is an American paediatrician, best known for the techniques he has developed and popularised for calming infants. He is the author of two books, The Happiest Baby on the Block, published in 2002, and its 2004 sequel, The Happiest Toddler on the Block.

The technique is designed to recreate the essential elements of the experience of living in the womb. Human babies, according to Karp, are born less-developed than other mammals. The first three months of life Karp calls the “fourth trimester”. Karp believes there is a “calming reflex” that causes babies to instantly relax when they are given clues that they are safe inside the womb. There are five parts of the technique he calls the “five S’s”.