Is there a place for love in early childhood education and care in England? Early years educators’ beliefs

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Gonzalez, S-J. and Holdgate, H. 2023. Is there a place for love in early childhood education and care in England? Early years educators’ beliefs. Research in Teacher Education. 13 (1), pp. 44-48. https://doi.org/10.15123/uel.8w736
AuthorsGonzalez, S-J. and Holdgate, H.
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The importance of love for young children is well documented. Increasing numbers of young children are spending time in early years settings. The recent Government policy announcement of free childcare for children from nine months is likely to increase the number of babies attending early years settings, so the concept of love within early years education and childcare has never been more important. However, the qualifications that enable someone to work within an early years setting in England do not mention love. Similarly, love does not feature within the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, which those working with our youngest children must follow. This research identified polarised opinions regarding the place of love within early childhood education and care, with some practitioners clearly uncomfortable with the idea of loving children who are not their own, whilst others believing that loving the children you work with is vital.

JournalResearch in Teacher Education
Journal citation13 (1), pp. 44-48
ISSN2046-1240
2047-3818
Year2023
PublisherThe School of Education and Communities, University of East London
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