Home and family play a key role in children's development and learning. The intimate and profound emotional relationships that are characteristic of families set the context within which children develop their identities as daughters or sons, sisters or brothers, nieces or nephews and grandchildren. Families typically act to provide care and support, and to socialise children into the values and culture of their community. Children are not only recipients of socialisation processes, though, but are active participants who influence as well as are influenced by the dynamics of life at home.