Where is the best place for a two year old to be? Not the cheapest, or the most efficient, or the most economically productive, but the best. For the child.
Running through a field, shouting with joy, the wind in your hair. Your family all around. Stomping in mud. Meeting and playing with friends. Hiding. Pretending. Building dens. Climbing, sliding, swinging at the park. Running inside when it rains. Playing with toys. Eating, drinking, listening, listening, talking. Getting warm and snugly in front of the fire. Books, stories, cuddles. Love.
If you start with the child then the answer to the question is ‘a great home environment’. That’s what early years educators spend their lives trying to recreate. Clearly life is not always like that. We have to earn a living, we might want a career, some parents are not able to create a ‘great’ home environment. So you work…
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