‘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

Looking beyond What We Already Know about Our Youngest Children

Looking beyond What We Already Know about Our Youngest Children

Looking beyond what we already know about our youngest children

This chapter will discuss:

  • The need to broaden the research lens in light of:
    • New views of the development of babies’ thinking
    • New interpretations of attachment and well-being
    • Addressing ethical issues
  • Why research from different disciplines matters
  • Why inclusion matters
  • Why love matters.

Broadening the Research Lens

Research that can contribute to our understanding of the learning and development of infants and toddlers, and can tell us something of how systems and policies can work for them, is of vital importance. However, so-called ‘educational’ research alone does not provide a sufficiently broad information base to answer all our questions about the learning and development of the youngest children. Two areas of research have, ...

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