Learning Opportunities: The Local Community


Planning to engage and interest children

ISBN: 9781921613838
Code: TS0271
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The wider world is an intriguing and initially unknown experience for babies and young children. They develop their knowledge and understanding of the world from direct first-hand experiences of their immediate neighbourhood. Over time, young children learn that everyone does not live in the same kind of local community that has become familiar to them. However, any differences, from minor to significant, only make sense on the basis of what has become thoroughly familiar to these young girls and boys.

This book provides a store of practical ideas focusing on building a sense of place and identity through interaction with the local community, enabling educators to plan ahead with confidence.


Pages: 36 | Ages: 0-5

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About the Authors

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Bridie Raban is currently an Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Her past research has focused on language and literacy development, teacher change and development, curriculum and assessment for the early childhood years and quality provision. She was the first Professor of Early Childhood Education in Victoria and the second in Australia, and before this she was Professor of Primary Education (Early Years) at the University of Warwick and President of the UK Reading Association.



Jennie Lindon is well known as an early years consultant and author. She has been a prolific writer, offering a welcome blend of knowledge of child development with a practical understanding of the role of early years educators.