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1st Edition

Appropriate Environments for Children under Three

ISBN 9780415612630
Published October 13, 2011 by Routledge
104 Pages

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Book Description

The most rapid and significant phase of development occurs in the first three years of a child’s life. The Supporting Children from Birth to Three series focuses on the care and support of the youngest children. Each book takes a key aspect of working with this age group and gives clear and detailed explanations of relevant theories together with practical examples to show how such theories translate into good working practice.

It is widely known that babies and infants will flourish in an environment that supports and promotes their learning and development. But what constitutes an appropriate environment for children under three?

Drawing on recent research, this book explores the concept of an appropriate environment, both within and beyond the early years setting. It sets this within the context of child development and practically demonstrates how a high quality environment can be created for babies and children under three that supports their learning and development.

Features include:

  • clear explanation of relevant theories
  • case studies and examples of good practice
  • focus points for readers
  • questions for reflective practice

Providing a wealth of practical ideas and activities, this handy text provides detailed guidance on how to develop an appropriate indoor and outdoor environment for babies and children under three to help practitioners ensure effective outcomes for the youngest children in their care.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Setting the Scene: What is an Appropriate Environment?

Chapter 2 The Developing Child

Chapter 3 The Policy Context

Chapter 4 Developing Inclusive Practice

Chapter 5 Creating an Appropriate Environment: Towards a Review of Practice

Chapter 6 Drawing the Threads Together


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Helen Bradford is an Early Years Tutor on the Early Years and Primary PGCE course at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK. Her previous publications include: Communication, Language and Literacy (Fulton, 2008), Bears (Fulton, 2006), Woodland Creatures (Fulton, 2005) and Ourselves (Fulton, 2005).