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Attachment in Practice
The quality of early attachment relationships is of central importance to children's social and emotional development. It is vital to their all round development. Shot over the first three years of an infant's life, the film shows the development of…
The Wonder Year - First Year Development and Shaping the Brain
Documenting the amazing development and learning that takes place in a baby's first year, this film follows one baby from birth to twelve months, concentrating on physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. The commentary explains what's behind seemingly simple everyday…
Babies Outdoors - Play, Learning and Development
The outdoors is as valuable for babies as it is for older children and this film shows how the close adult can bring the outside world alive for them. Babies are sensory motor learners and outside all their senses are…
Play and Learning at School: Five Year Olds
Play and Learning at School follows the fascinating interactions of a class of primary school children. It's towards the end of reception year and they are settled and confident. Purposeful play is seen in abundance as we get to know…
The Power of Physical Play: Development and Effective Learning
How does physical play develop and motivate children to acquire effective learning strategies? The Power of Physical Play examines exactly how this type of play supports physical development from birth to seven-years-old. It also shows how physical play has such…
Learning Through Play: The 3 to 4 year old (Documentary Film)
Learning, playing and learning through play are complex issues that we have tried to simplify and explain with this film. It shows learning taking place through self chosen, enjoyable activities. By following one boy for a year (from his third…
Toddlers Outdoors: Play, learning and development
Toddlers thrive outside. The special nature of the outdoors suits their interests down to the ground, yet for this age group the value of play is probably least understood. This captivating footage shows clearly what's so special about the outdoors…
Two Year Olds Outdoors: Play, learning and development
What is it that really motivates two year olds? How do they learn best and how can we help them achieve their full potential? Through observing what children are interested in at this stage of their lives this film gives…
Supporting Early Literacy 0-5
Learning about literacy is a social act. Young children develop the necessary skills they will need to be competent and confident readers and writers from the people around them and their environment. Children need to know about their language(s) and…
Learning through Play: The 3 to 4 year old (Observation Film)
Filmed over a year, this production follows a 3-year-old boy at play in a wide variety of settings. He is seen on his own, with his mum, in a group and with a friend enjoying indoor and outdoor play around…
Attachment and Holistic Development - The first year
The development of a secure attachment relationship is a cruicial part of early development. Through careful observation of early relationships all other areas of development are observed as well. This film shows baby Orson as he develops through his first…
Pretend Play
This consists of source material of children's pretend play featuring children from 20 months to 7 years. The 11 sequences can be used individually for observation. Also, as they are presented chronologically by age, they clearly show the developmental stages…
Communicating and Socializing
This contains source sequences rich in examples of communication, language, social and emotional development that can be used with a variety of aims and observation techniques. Sequences are arranged chronologically fron 15 months to 6.5 years This video includes the…
Firm Foundations for Early Literacy
Laying firm foundations for early literacy skills is about the learning that goes on before actual reading and writing. Children need to build these foundations from the right kind of experiences and support from their very first year. This film…
Life at Two: Attachments, Key People and Development
We follow a typical two year old - she loves learning and exploring. She is becoming increasingly independent, wanting to do more things for herself. Sometimes she becomes overwhelmed by her feelings as she struggles with what she can and…
Exploratory Play
These sequences show children from 7 to 30 months playing, uninterrupted by adults. They show the remarkable exploratory powers of the under 3s and the value of this type of play in encouraging concentration and therefore cognitive abilities. There are…
Falling Out
Friendship plays such an important role for children that an inability to socialize can lead to all sorts of problems. Learning to get on with others starts early and an essential part of this process involves learning to deal with…
Physical Development: 0 to 12 Months
Comprehensive examples of all key stages of physical development from birth to 12 months are illustrated in this film. Information precedes each of the 46 examples filmed during this rapid period of development. The following stages are discussed: Newborn 1…
The Two Year Old: At Home and Nursery
This comprehensive production provides observation sequences that illustrate all areas of child development. Filmed throughout the whole year of a two year old girl's life, it consists of 24 sequences, during which time she starts nursery. These sequences give a…
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Born to Talk: Communication in the First 3 Months
Understanding babies' subtle communications during the first three months can be quite a challenge for parents and practitioners alike. Born to Talk follows 3 babies as they develop and will guide you in how to interpret non-verbal gestures. It will…