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bbbBegin before Birth Films
We are all interested in understanding what makes us who we are.
We all also want to make sure that every child gets the best possible start in life.
We have known for a long time that how we turn out depends on both our genes and our environment. What we now realize is that the influence of the environment begins in the womb, and how the mother feels during pregnancy can change this environment and can have a lasting effect on the development of her child.
Therefore, we all need to support and look after pregnant women, both for their sake and that of future generations. We need to Begin Before Birth.

TCTThe Communication Trust is a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary and community organisations with expertise in speech, language and communication.  We harness our collective expertise to support the children’s workforce and commissioners to meet the speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) of all children and young people, particularly those with SLCN.
Communication Trust Films to support a better understanding of early communication.

HarvardThis 5-minute video depicts a theory of change from the Frontiers of Innovation community for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families. It describes the need to focus on building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children’s lifelong learning, health, and behavior. 

Circle of Security

This video clip is an excerpt from the first of eight chapters on the Circle of Security Parenting© DVD. The full program includes multiple examples of secure and problematic parent/child interaction, healthy options in caregiving, and animated graphics designed to clarify principles central to COS. The DVD is designed for use in group settings, home visitation, or individual counselling.

A close look at the adolescent brain:Sarah-Jayne Blackmore

Alison Gopnik: What do babies think? "Babies and young children are like the R&D division of the human species," says psychologist Alison Gopnik. Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.

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The following video explains how the basic architecture of the brain is constructed through a process that begins early in life and continues into adulthood. Simpler circuits come first and more complex brain circuits build on them later. Genes provide the basic blueprint, but experiences influence how or whether genes are expressed. Together, they shape the quality of brain architecture and establish either a sturdy or a fragile foundation for all of the learning, health, and behavior that follow. Plasticity, or the ability for the brain to reorganize and adapt, is greatest in the first years of life and decreases with age.

Experiences Build Brain Architecture

The following videos form the three-part series titled "Three Core Concepts in Early Development" from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. The series depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse. Healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for educational achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, lifelong health, strong communities, and successful parenting of the next generation.

The Science of Early Childhood Development

Serve & Return Interaction Shapes Brain Circuitry

Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development

The following InBrief series explains why a vital and productive society with a prosperous and sustainable future is built on a foundation of healthy child development. The video summarizes findings from The Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early Childhood, a report co-authored by the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs.

InBrief: the Foundation of Lifelong Health

InBrief: The Impact of Early Adversity on Childrens Development

InBrief: Early Childhood Program Effectiveness

InBrief: Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning

Richard Bowlby:

Secure attachment and the Key person in Daycare

This video has been divided up into 4 sections and includes the following areas:

Video 1 -
Secure Attachment & the Key Person in Daycare
Introduction to Daycare
Introduction to Attachment Theory
The Early Years Foundation Stage
Primary Attachment Figure for Comfort
Primary Attachment Figure for Joy and Excitement
Three Attachment Anxieties
Video 2 -
The Strange Situation Procedure
Secure and Insecure Attachment
Video 3 -
Can I Leave my Baby?
The Key Person
Becoming Attached to a Key Person
Impersonal Daycare
Psychological Defensive Strategies
Video 4 -

Secure and Insecure Attachment

Strange Situation Procedure

Suezanne Zeedyk WebsiteNew film clips from Suzanne Zeedyk
‘Shedding light on connection in the early years babies.
This new film series has been specially produced by my team to help illuminate the insights that neuroscience and psychology are discovering about humans' innate interconnectedness. We are realising it is vital we appreciate just how emotionally connected babies are, from the moment of birth and even before.Learn all about how babies express themselvesProfoundly important moments of connection occur in subtle and fleeting seconds, all too easy to miss in our hectic lives. These brief films have been designed to help us appreciate such moments. We get to share babies' ordinary interactions with the people in their world - parents, siblings, strangers - whilst talking, playing, walking, singing, and just hanging out.Each lasting 15 minutes or less, the films have been designed to suit a range of settings: for home, public presentations, classroom lectures, and group discussions. Each film shows an interaction twice, first narrated and then without interruption, so that you will be better able to spot modes of connection for yourself.We hope you will find something here to pique your curiosity and inspire your regard for the power of relationships, starting within a baby's day and continuing throughout all our lives.

The Connected Baby Trailer
Trailer for 'the connected baby', (see a 75 min film by Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk and Jonathan Robertson about the ability of babies to communicate with adults from birth and how important for their development into adulthood is our recognition of and participation in this interaction.

‘Dance of the Poppa’ Can very young babies really communicate with other people? This film, of a 2-week-old baby and his father, helps us to answer that question. We can see how interested the baby is in his Poppa's face, how his eyebrows knit together as he makes meaning of his words.

Dr Sue Gerhardt

Parenting and Early Childhood Development A talk given by Dr Sue Gerhardt at the Play Therapy World Congress in 2010 on the importance of good parenting in early child development.