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Early period at home needing love (7)

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I believe the answer is:

infancy

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Here is my best explanation:

'early period' is the definition.
(early period in someone's life)

'home needing love' is the wordplay.
'home' becomes 'in' ('he's home' can mean 'he's in').
'needing' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'love' becomes 'fancy' (fancy can mean to like or love romantically).
'in'+'fancy'='INFANCY'

'at' is the link.

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