chapter  1
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A privilege and a responsibility

More than at any other age, those who work with children in the early years hold the future in their hands and in their hearts. Research continually emphasizes the importance of the first few years of a child’s life. Early experiences and relationships at home and in pre-school settings set the stage for the development of crucial competencies such as selfregulation, empathy and interpersonal skills – all of which impact on future relationships and how an individual functions in the world (National Research Council and Institute of Medicine 2000).