The baby room: principles, policies and practice

Goouch, K. and Powell, S. (2013) The baby room: principles, policies and practice. Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK: Open University Press. ISBN 9780335246366.

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Abstract

This book considers babies' development with a view to disseminating good practice in out-of-home daycare for babies and young children. It is informed by a research and development project - the Baby Room Project - which examined the practices, attitudes and qualifications of those working with the youngest children in formal daycare settings.

Drawing on unique snapshots of practice and original research evidence the book considers development issues related to the care of babies and creates a `Baby Room Charter'. It explores key aspects of practice that nourish and support babies and very young children in day care settings as well as in other less formal arrangements. In particular, the book focuses on:

- Baby care professionals: how policy and practice interact is examined as well as thorny issues of professional identity, supporting frequently inexperienced practitioners, and training
- Relationships: the range and complexity of relationships within and around baby rooms and involving babies are considered, including practitioners' own wellbeing
- Talk: this theme, which is highlighted as absolutely central to baby room practice, is fully explored with challenging evidence from practice
- Environments: the spaces and places within which adults and babies play, relate and relax are examined with clear recommendations for practice
- Essential reading for all early years students and professionals, The Baby Room celebrates the commitment, energy and care that baby room practitioners dedicate to their work.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Babies; infants; education and care; professional development; talk; relationships; environments; policies; theories
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1139.2 Early childhood education
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Education > Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities
Depositing User: Professor Sacha Powell
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2012 17:25
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 14:10
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/11370

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