Penelope Leach

Penelope Leach is a Research Psychologist specialising in infant development. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, Birkbeck, University of London and of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. She is a Visiting Professor at The Faculty of Education, University of Winchester.

Penelope researches and writes extensively on parenting issues from a child development perspective.




This month, I am talking about how all children’s brain development matters, but babies matter most !

It’s easy to understand, even obvious, that a baby’s environment and the way he is treated affects his physical health and his behaviour, but your parenting affects something much more basic than a baby’s behaviour: it affects the actual structure and functioning of his brain. And that isn’t obvious at all. From the moment of birth – and in the last couple of antenatal months as well – babies attach themselves emotionally to their mothers or, after birth, to whoever mothers them, and the tuned-in-ness and responsiveness of mothers to their babies, is crucial to all aspects of lifelong development: to emotional stability and mental health and to physical health as well, as a child and as an adult.…..continue reading here

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Watch this excellent video and find out the five everyday things that you can do with your baby or young child to help develop their brain.

The development of the brain is influenced by many factors, including a child’s relationships, experiences and environment. 

Video Source – Hertfordshire County Council 

This is the first of a number of blogs that Penelope Leach will be writing specifically for parents. Penny is a research psychologist and is most widely known for her best-selling books on child development and parenting.

Penny’s first blog is an intriguing and fascinating account of the extraordinary journey of the babies brain from conception to age two. Read about the incredible journey here 

Image Source – Harvard Centre for the Developing Child 



A child’s brain undergoes an amazing period of development from birth to age three—producing more than a million neural connections each second.

The development of the brain is influenced by many factors, including a child’s relationships, experiences and environment. Learn more about the crucial role you play in building your baby’s brain, get your questions answered, and find some fun “brain-building” activities to share with your little one through this ‘ZERO TO THREE’ website page

Video Source – Harvard Centre for the Developing Child