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Episode 2: Emotionally secure learning environments with Olivia Kirkby

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During this episode of the TTS Talking Early Years Podcast, Alice Sharp and Olivia Kirkby continue the conversation on creating enticing, language-rich learning environments. This week, Alice and Olivia focus on exploring the emotional environment.  
How do we create safe, secure and cosy places for play-based learning? And why is the emotional environment so integral to children’s learning and development in the Early Years? Alice and Olivia reflect on these questions and so much more to provide valuable insights, tips and guidance to help you create warm, safe and impactful learning environments.

The emotional environment

Olivia encourages practitioners to reflect on how the space makes them feel. Is it a safe? Do you feel comfortable, is it an aesthetically pleasing place to be? Are the people in the room welcoming, warm and calm? 
Babies and young children are influenced by the emotions of the caregivers and peers around them, which is why developing positive relationships are key.  
Creating a secure, safe and engaging learning environment means more to a child than what’s around them. How they feel within that environment is what will influence their learning and development for years to come.

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