The author, Anita Ayre, lives in Sydney, Australia. She holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Education degree and has 30 years' experience of teaching children in primary schools from three/four years of age, through the early childhood years, to the middle years of primary education. She has also been a facilitator of change in teaching practice in a state-wide literacy and numeracy project, working in city and country schools to improve experiences for children in classrooms. For many years, she has been a co-operating teacher, guiding student-teachers who are on teaching practice in schools during their university undergraduate and postgraduate years. As well, she has been a member of literacy educators' and early childhood associations.
An experienced teacher’s guide for parents on how to provide their young children with experiences and activities to guide learning from the birth and toddler stages through the early pre-school years to the beginning of formal education and beyond.