“Like constructing a house, brains are built upon a strong foundation. This starts before birth, and is very important during the first three years of life. Brain cells are “raw” materials — much like lumber is a raw material in building a house, and a 
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More research is pointing to the importance of the first five years. In particular, the role of brain ‘plasticity’ in the early years. Essentially what research says is that the brain is at its most plastic in the first five years of life. This means 
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