‘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

Environments for Learning

Environments for learning

This chapter will look at:

  • Creating and organizing learning environments
  • Planning for ‘continuous provision’
  • Environments for learning:
    • in a home setting
    • in a ‘pack away’ pre-school
    • in purpose-built provision
    • in a mixed age range setting

Creating Learning Environments for Young Children

Providing an active learning environment for infants and toddlers encourages their need to look, listen, wiggle, roll, crawl, climb, rock, bounce, rest, eat, make noise, grasp or mouth or drop things, and be messy from time to time. (Post and Hohmann, 2000: 14)

In this chapter we identify and discuss ways of creating interesting and effective learning environments for babies and toddlers. We are mindful that issues of quality in learning environments can be context specific; what works in one place does not necessarily work (nor is ...

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