‘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

Permission to Love Them

Permission to love them

Throughout this book we have discussed some key values and key issues of practice in working with babies, toddlers and young children. In this final section, Jools Page returns to her recent research which sets out what she sees as the essential ingredient in caring for and educating young children, and why practitioners need permission to love the children they work with.

For some time now I have been arguing for a place and space to talk about what it is to love babies and young children in professional roles. As we discussed in the Introduction on p. 8, for professionals, the idea of loving children who are unrelated, if it is discussed at all, is discussed with ...

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