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Spaces for Young Children, Second Edition: A practical guide to planning, designing and building the perfect space Paperback – 24 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: National Children's Bureau; 2 edition (24 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907969950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907969959
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Even small scale changes can make a significant difference to how young children and practitioners experience their childcare environments. This book highlights the importance of well thought out design, focusing in particular on practical solutions. Spaces for Young Children contributes to the support available for practitioners developing their thinking in this area. --Joyce Connor, Early Years Programme Director, National Children s Bureau

As the early years' world embarks on a period of expansion of funded places for two year olds it's an important time for a new edition of this practical guide discussing how to create appropriate environments for young children. The author, Mark Dudek, emphasises the importance of high quality design in our nurseries based on the real needs of children, families and staff. His aim is to learn from the early years building projects developed in the first part of this century both abroad and in the UK when there was large-scale capital investment with the first generation of integrated children's centres. He guides us towards the successes which have become rich and appropriate spaces for young children and steers us away from those projects which have ended up being self-referencing architectural statements. Dudek has produced a genuinely useful book managing to turn what could have been a dry technical textbook into an accessible and lively user-friendly manual. He sets out a step-by-step systematic approach to constructing appropriate spaces that can be applied equally well to a new build project as to a smaller scale adaption of an existing facility (perhaps more likely in these straightened times). In the first section of the book Dudek draws on some of the available literature from educationalists, designers and architects reflecting on the impact of the environment on young children. He chooses not to venture into a survey of the implications of recent research into brain development which could have provided a rich new seam of enquiry. The argument is made for the importance of outdoor environments for young children. However although there are some interesting examples throughout the book, it does not feel that the garden is afforded quite the same status as the interior and its not seen consistently as part of a single integrated environment. In subsequent chapters as Dudek takes us through the stages of the design and build process and usefully draws on his extensive experience as a practicing architect. Each section is well-structured and ends with a helpful self-assessment checklist. These are powerful as they help to demystify technicalities and enable early years' practitioners to become confidently involved in the building process (particularly, for example, in relation to legal compliance and selecting a contractor). There are very helpful sections on the importance of the consultation process and the involvement of all stakeholders including children and the wider community. --Peter Catling, Head of Woodlands Park Nursery School and Children's Centre, London

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Even small scale changes can make a significant difference to how young children and practitioners experience their childcare environments. This book highlights the importance of well thought out design, focusing in particular on practical solutions. Spaces for Young Children contributes to the support available for practitioners developing their thinking in this area. (Joyce Connor, Early Years Programme Director, National Children’s Bureau)

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