A highly visual and accessible resource for everyone working with babies and very young children. The focus of the book is to highlight the very real communication capabilities and preferences of young babies and to help readers consider how opportunities for communication can be provided very easily, without huge expense in all sorts of early years environments. Specialist working practices with very young babies do not currently take enough account of the importance of early brain development and secure attachment with adults as pre-cursors to effective global development - in particular social, emotional and communication development. Babies need to interact directly with other nurturing, responsive and genuinely caring human beings, to hear people talking about what they are seeing and experiencing in order for them to develop optimal language skills.
Elizabeth Jarman's background is in teaching. Until 2006 she was assistant Director at the Basic Skills Agency, working closely with the Skills for Life Strategy Unit, Sure Start Unit leading the `Step into Learning' training and development programme. More recently Elizabeth developed the Communication Friendly Spaces Toolkit for practitioners and she now specializes in improving learning environments. She offers a range of training and development programmes which are currently being delivered across England and Wales.