This new and updated edition of Characteristics of Effective Early Learning focuses on how children learn which is just as important as what they learn. The book helps practitioners understand their key role in supporting children's self-regulation skills and learning power through playing and exploring, active learning and thinking creatively and critically. It includes new chapters on affirmative parenting practices and the crucial role of adult communication partners in supporting children's learning. The book:* Explains how emotional and cognitive self-regulation in the early years underpins lifelong learning* Investigates how children engage in learning through playing and exploring and are motivated through active learning* Explores how children become creative and critical thinkers, excited by their own learning power and able to review their own learning and thinking* Outlines how to approach observation, assessment and planning appropriately* Suggests how to continue the characteristics of effective learning into work with older children and staff teams. Written by leaders in the field, based on research and rich in practical examples and case studies, this is an essential read for early years students and practitioners. The book will support those who want to find out more about how to encourage children in becoming self-regulated, playful, active learners who think deeply and creatively about their own learning and the world around them.