Many educators have realised the need to create nurturing and stress-free environments for children and for adults. Recent brain research tells us that experiences children have or don’t have will affect the way their brain develops, and helps to justify and support these realisations.
As Shore explains: ‘Early care and nurture have a decisive, long lasting impact on the way people develop, their ability to learn and their capacity to regulate their own emotions’ (Shore, 1997, p.27).
What is a nurturing environment?
A nurturing environment for children is one that nurtures: