Supporting brain development


By Martin Westwell

Decades of research in the brain sciences have provided evidence that, to a large extent, reinforce what carers have known for generations, such as the importance of exercise, nutrition, sleep and a close, loving connection. Neuroscience has also helped provide some insights into other aspects of child brain development, revealing how environments and experiences can shape the way children think, behave and develop. Supporting brain development takes some of these ideas further by investigating ‘neuromyths’ and the differences between toxic and healthy stress; some of the reasons why caring relationships are so important for the development of children’s brains; and the ways in which play can be turned into intentional play-based learning.



This book will help you understand:

  • current research in neuroscience and children’s cognitive development
  • experiences that contribute to brain development
  • healthy stress and toxic stress
  • myths around neuroscience and brain development
  • the role of play in children’s development

About the Everyday Learning Series:

Early Childhood Australia’s Everyday Learning Series acknowledges that the most important early learning happens through day-to-day life experiences and provides ideas and strategies on ways educators and families can make the most of these experiences to support children’s development. By ‘making the ordinary, extraordinary’, the Everyday Learning Series is an invaluable resource for educators, students of early education, beginning practitioners, and families by assisting them in maximising young children’s play, exploration and discovery, and development within learning environments.

Subscribe to the Everyday Learning Series:

The Everyday Learning Series (EDL) is a 12 month, four-issue subscription. Subscribers also receive bonus online resources which may be shared with educators and families. Learn more here. 

ECA offers libraries and institutions a perpetual access fee. Please contact ECA directly on 1800 356 900 (free call) to obtain the licensing agreement or to order.

Additional information

Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 17.3 × 24.5 cm



Paperback, e-version

Year published