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Creating a Learning Environment for Babies and Toddlers

Creating a Learning Environment for Babies and Toddlers

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Early Childhood Education

February 2012 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Understanding the factors that contribute to a positive learning environment is vital for those working with children from birth to 3 years. Using extensive case study material, Ann Clare focuses on the experiences of babies and toddlers in various care settings, and the role adults play in developing creative and supportive environments. The effect on speech and language development is explored, with reference to recent research and initiatives. Information gathered from parents and childcare workers helps provide a deep consideration of parents' childcare choices.

Topics covered include:

  • The emotional environment
  • The role of adults in the environment
  • The physical environment
  • The creative environment
  • Parents and the environment
  • Observing and questioning

This detailed study of current research and literature provides an invaluable source of information for those planning to work with babies and toddlers, as well as experienced childcare providers wanting to reflect on the care and learning they offer children and families.

Why Environments Matter
The Emotional Environment
The Role of Adults in the Environment
The Physical Environment
The Creative environment
Parents and the Environment
Observing and Questioning

A much needed book for students and practitioners working with babies and toddlers- as they can often be overlooked in more generic texts.
Recommended particularly for students with little experience of working with children of this age.

Mrs Sharron Galley
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
June 26, 2013

this is a very insightful book. I will strongly recommend it to students and also to graduates working in early years.

Mrs Jennie Vitkovitch
Speech , University of East Anglia
March 5, 2013

I will ensure the leaning centre stocks this book, it will help support the students on the early years courses throughout college.
The book is broken down into informative chapters, this will help the students when planning their own environments.
The book is set out clearlyand offers a set of case studies to help the learning process, with a good section on the role of the adult.

Mrs Sue Kinsella
Child Studies, York College
February 6, 2013

good starting point when considering the environment and the impact this may have

Mrs Thamara Bulmer
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
October 11, 2012

An essential book for all those working with babies and young children. The case studies complement the text and the research explored by the author is honest and refreshing.

Mrs Jackie Braithwaite
East Cheshire Business School, Macclesfield College
October 3, 2012

This is a lovely book that really focuses on an age group so often over looked. It also stresses the importance of the adult role in the environment and gives practicle advice to make it work.

Mrs Kathryn Peckham
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
September 6, 2012

Suppirtive for the advanced practitioner.

Mrs Kelly Needham
CCLD/Health and Soical Care , South Leicestershire College
August 17, 2012

A well presented informative book. The author gives clear information to enable practitioners to understand the importance of providing an enabling environment for very young children. Babies and toddlers need the very best environments to enable them to thrive and learn.

Mrs Christine Newton
Vocational Education , City of Sunderland College
June 28, 2012

EYPS candidates spend time working with babies as part of their programme and do not always have the theoretical background, this text helps to put working with babies into context.

Mrs Nikki Fairchild
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
May 18, 2012

good to access a book which underlines the importance of the environment for the youngest children

Mrs Gill Smith
School of Education, University of Northampton
May 15, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Why Environments Matter

Ann Clare

Ann Clare began her career as a secondary school English teacher. It was after having her three children, Felicity, Edward and Hannah,  that she became the head of a small village private nursery school at the same time as studying for her Master’s degree. Ann followed this by becoming an Early Years Consultant working for two North West local authorities. A chance conversation with Professor Cathy Nutbrown encouraged her to further her studies at the University of Sheffield where she graduated with her PhD, researching babies and young children under three.This research led Ann on to write her first book, Creating a Learning... More About Author

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