A look at the importance of nurture in the first five years of life.

Broadcast on 6 March, 1974 'Learning for Life' examines the importance of the first five years of life in the development of a child. According to the report,  research into child psychology shows that the first five years of childhood are the most important for physical and mental growth.

Dr. Thomas Kelleghan, Director of the Educational Research Centre in St. Patrick's College talks of the importance of the development of the child's personality during this period.

There has also been an increase in the popularity of preschools, playgroups and kindergartens Ireland. Elizabeth Moloney, who runs a private preschool on Morehampton Road, Donnybrook says it is vital that three year olds meet and play with other three year olds in a non-school environment.

'Learning for Life' was a monthly series examining new approaches and techniques to education practice in Ireland.

The twelve programmes in the 'Learning for Life' broadcast in 1974 and 1975 attempted to look at all stages of education from pre-school to adult education. The first episode was broadcast 6 February 1974.

The extract shown here with reporter John Bowman is from a programme first broadcast 6 June 1974.