Creating a Learning Environment for Babies and Toddlers
- Ann Clare - Early Years Consultant
Early Childhood Education
Shortlisted for the 2012 Nursery World Awards!
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 childminders wanting to reflect on the care and learning they offer children and families.
Ann Clare is an Early Years Foundation Stage Consultant in England.
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.
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.
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.
Love the focus on environments throughout the book and the case studies add the extra depth to bring things to life.
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.
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
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.
An excellent text to address aspects of the module entitled Infant and toddler years.
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.
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.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: Why Environments Matter