Communication and Interaction in the Early Years


Ann Clare

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    About the Author

    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 Environment for Babies and Toddlers in 2012, and to co-author a second edition of Working with Babies and Toddlers with Jools Page and Cathy Nutbrown in 2013. The arrival of Ann’s two grandchildren, Oscar and Lottie, further inspired her to write this new book focusing on interaction and communication in the early years. Ann is now enjoying a happy retirement which is filled with her continued work with the University of Sheffield, making bread and visiting her gorgeous grandchildren in Germany.


    As always I am indebted to those who have helped in the writing of this book: Finley Newton for his wonderful letters, Ruth Holland and Sam.

    Thanks go to Amy Jarrold for her enthusiasm which has kept me going throughout.

    The young people in my life continue to inspire me: Fliss, Edd and Hannah for all their youthful memories, Oscar for being the stimulus behind this book and Lottie for continuing to surprise me.

    Lastly I want to dedicate this book to the most wonderful story teller and father, James Hilton Brownlow, CBE, QPM; I miss you. Thank you daddy.

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