‘The first edition of this book set a milestone in writing about under threes. This second edition builds on that great achievement: its thinking about loving interactions in nurseries marks it out for its bravery and profound importance for a new generation of practice’-Peter Elfer, University of Roehampton

What Do We Know about Children under Three?

What Do We Know about Children under Three?

What do we know about children under three?

This chapter will discuss:

  • The need for research and what it tells us about:
    • Literacy, language and communication
    • Learning, development, cognition and play
  • Little voices – important messages

Why we Need to Know about Research

In this first chapter we consider some of the things that research tells us about the needs and development of babies and toddlers. It is often the case that practitioners working with the youngest children know the children well, know the activities and environments which work best for babies and toddlers, and have learned alongside other colleagues how best to support young children's developmental and learning needs. There is much good practice to be shared and celebrated in the ...

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