French, G. & Murphy, P. (2005). Once in a Lifetime: Early Childhood Care and Education for Children from Birth to Three. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/653
The crucial years from birth to three introduces what the
research says about the importance of providing high quality
stimulating caring and educational experiences for children from
birth to three. It then discusses the general needs, temperament
and characteristics of children in this age group.
Active learning and key experiences includes play, initiative and
the essential experiences that children must have for holistic
development. In essence how children learn best and what they
learn.The main principles of High/Scope are identified, an
explanation of their importance is provided and key questions to
ensure their delivery are pondered.
Supportive social and emotional learning environment discusses
the importance of the development of attachment and trusting
relationships for babies and toddlers, practitioner support
strategies, encouragement and a approach to conflict.
Physical learning environment describes the characteristics of
active learning environments, why they are important for babies
and toddlers and how practitioners ensure that they provide
active learning spaces for the children in their care.
Daily routines explores how routines for babies and toddlers can
be predictable yet flexible and emphasises the importance of
gentle separations and reunions for children and parents.The
essential components of a daily routine are outlined with a focus
on supporting children’s individual needs and interests.
Child observation, teamwork and family support examines the
role of observation in developing child-centred follow-up plans.
The importance of open communication between work
colleagues and practitioners and parents is emphasised and the
benefit of involving parents in daily communication is highlighted.
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