Shortlisted for the 2012 Nursery World Awards! Understanding the factors that contribute to a positive learning environment is vital for those working with children from birth to 3 years. Using extensive case study material, Ann Clare focuses on the experiences of babies and toddlers in various care settings, and the role adults play in developing creative and supportive environments. The effect on speech and language development is explored, with reference to recent research and initiatives. Information gathered from parents and childcare workers helps provide a deep consideration of parents' childcare choices. Topics covered include: the emotional environment; the role of adults in the environment; the physical environment; the creative environment; parents and the environment; and, observing and questioning. This detailed study of current research and literature provides an invaluable source of information for those planning to work with babies and toddlers, as well as experienced child minders wanting to reflect on the care and learning they offer children and families. Ann Clare is an Early Years Foundation Stage Consultant in England.