McCain, M.N., Mustard, F. & Shanker, S. (2007). The Early Years Study 2: Putting Science Into Action. Toronto, ON: Council for Early Childhood Development.
This Canadian study builds on previous findings about brain development in early childhood. It outlines how different experiences early in life affect the wiring of the brain, and how emotions play a role in brain development. The study also highlights the importance of play in expanding intelligence, providing a testing ground for language and reasoning skills, and its role in developing a child’s confidence, self esteem, and sense of their own strength and weaknesses. The study also suggests neighbourhood schools would be ideal locations for early childhood centres. These centres should revolve around the power of play, and be staffed by a skilled, competent and fairly-compensated workforce.