The most rapid and significant phase of development occurs in the first three years of a child's life. The Supporting Children from Birth to Three series focuses on the care and support of the youngest children. Each book takes a key aspect of working with this age group and gives clear and detailed explanations of relevant theories together with practical examples to show how such theories translate into good working practice.
It is widely known that babies and infants will flourish in an environment that supports and promotes their learning and development. But what constitutes an appropriate environment for children under three?
Drawing on recent research, this book explores the concept of an appropriate environment, both within and beyond the early years setting. It sets this within the context of child development and practically demonstrates how a high quality environment can be created for babies and children under three that supports their learning and development.
clear explanation of relevant theories
case studies and examples of good practice
focus points for readers
questions for reflective practice
Providing a wealth of practical ideas and activities, this handy text provides detailed guidance on how to develop an appropriate indoor and outdoor environment for babies and children under three to help practitioners ensure effective outcomes for the youngest children in their care.
Helen Bradford is an Early Years Tutor on the Early Years and Primary PGCE course at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK. Her previous publications include: Communication, Language and Literacy (Fulton, 2008), Bears (Fulton, 2006), Woodland Creatures (Fulton, 2005) and Ourselves (Fulton, 2005).
Introduction Chapter 1 Setting the Scene: What is an Appropriate Environment? Chapter 2 The Developing Child Chapter 3 The Policy Context Chapter 4 Developing Inclusive Practice Chapter 5 Creating an Appropriate Environment: Towards a Review of Practice Chapter 6 Drawing the Threads Together References