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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

Relevant to many aspects of the course and learners found this book both enlightening and inspiring. Very good quality of information and learner feedback rated in highly.

Miss Victoria Sheridan
Department of Health and Caring, North-West Kent College of Technology
May 5, 2012

Useful for students working with under 5s.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Dept of Care & Continuing Education, Ystrad Mynach College
April 6, 2012

Excellent, gives food for thought for practitioners on FdA and BA Early Years students

Mrs Michelle Rogers
Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester
April 5, 2012

Overall an interesting study that focuses on an area not very well covered in early years. Quality of presentation was good, with good use of question points etc. greater links to theory would be helpful, as qualitative studies like this are only useful if they make connections.

Mr Mark Wilkins
Care and Early Years, Weston College
April 4, 2012

I have reccommended this book to several students who have decided to undertake the baby unit of my course.

Mrs Maria Johnson
Community Learning Service, North East Lincolnshire Council
March 21, 2012

The book does focus well on very young children and would provide additional reading for the students.

Mrs Christine Newton
Vocational Education , City of Sunderland College
March 13, 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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