Babies and children develop in individual ways at varying rates. Every area of development – physical, cognitive, linguistic, spiritual, social and emotional – is equally important. Child Development focuses on three key areas of the developing child, the child as a skilful communicator and, the child as competent learner. It covers key issues such as the impact of nature and nurture on children’s development, factors which put development at risk and which support children’s development, and the effect of emotional wellbeing and cultural influences on young children’s development. Each section includes case studies, checklists for monitoring practice, ideas for developing effective practice, insights into related theories and research and points for reflection or discussion.