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Creating a Learning Environment for Babies and Toddlers

Creating a Learning Environment for Babies and Toddlers

March 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

'Highly recommended. Ann Clare challenges some widely used theorists and successfully argues the importance of interactions between adult carers and our youngest children, in an appropriate early childhood environment. This text is absolutely current and relevant to the Early Years Sector. A wonderful contribution from a new researcher and writer'
- Chelle Davison, Senior Lecturer in Early Years Professional Practice, Leeds Metropolitan University

'The book includes a large number of case studies that illustrate practice in the two nurseries that the author worked with while gathering her research data. The text is fully up to date and makes reference to recently published reports and reviews that have been instrumental in shaping current early years policy developments'
-Early Years Update

'This text is very current and wholly relevant to the early years sector...The book includes extensive case study material and honest quotes from practicing practitioners, which help to make this academic read very accessible'
-Martine Horvath, Early Years Educator

A useful source to use with EYITT students when considering how to teach babies and toddlers. It explores what working with this age range looks like in practice.

Miss Lorna Wardle
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
September 30, 2016

A very useful book which provides case study material to further reflect and discuss. Sound links to theory bring the case studies alive and this is particularly useful as students prepare for placement.

Mrs Heather Elizabeth Brammer
Faculty of Business and Law, Staffordshire University
December 14, 2015

I found this to be an engaging, accessible and and informative text. Ann Clare addresses the really current issues in early years with knowledge and inspiration, Clare captures the essence of working with young children, identifies the key areas and gives an academic frame to the nuances of understanding, knowledge and care. The book includes observations and case studies that bring infancy to life and model good practice for students and practitioners.

Ms Caroline Brooks
Learning and Teaching Institute, Sheffield Hallam University
September 28, 2015

Love the focus on environments throughout the book and the case studies add the extra depth to bring things to life.

Mrs Tanya Richardson
School of Education, Northampton University
July 3, 2015

This book was suitable for the module, effective learning environments. Although my students found the information limited, the content was appropriate for the assignments as supporting literature.

Miss Lisa Holland
Education , Tameside College
October 20, 2014

Very current text, Highly recommend as it provided strong links between theory and practice. A good book for students who are new to working with babies and young children as it provides excellent case studies to support understanding in practice

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Metropolitan University
August 22, 2014

The close links between theory and practice make this a very useful book for students working at all levels on our modules, and particularly for our new EYTS course.

Mrs Mary-Louise Maynes
Education, Bishop Grosseteste Univ.
July 10, 2014

An excellent text to address aspects of the module entitled Infant and toddler years.

Miss Kate Mc Auliffe
Childcare, Cork College of Commerce
June 24, 2014

This will be a valuable resource for students completing unit 35 of national diploma. it covers so many aspects in detail that is geared at their level.

Mrs Pamela Canning
early , North West Institute
July 3, 2013

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Chapter 1: Why Environments Matter

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