How can young children's views and experiences become the focus for reviewing quality in early childhood provision?Viewing children as 'experts in their own lives', the Mosaic approach offers a creative framework for listening to young children's perspectives through talking, walking, making and reviewing together. Children's own photographs, tours and maps can be joined to interviews and observing for adults to gain deeper understandings of young children's lives in a range of early childhood settings.This new edition reflects on the authors' original ground-breaking work, and offers case studies of the Mosaic approach that will encourage practitioners to use and adapt the framework in their own setting.Listening to Young Children will be of interest to policy makers, practitioners in nurseries, children's centres, pre-schools and schools and residential settings. It will also be welcomed by early childhood students and other researchers who are engaged in searching for new theoretical, practical and imaginative ways of listening to young children. Although the focus is on children under five, the Mosaic approach can be adapted to work with older children, particularly those with communication difficulties or for whom English is an additional language
Alison Clark is Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies at The Open University and a visual artist. Her research interests include young children's participation, qualitative research methods, creativity and school design.
Peter Moss is Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Provision, also at the Thomas Coram Research Unit. His research interests lie in children's services, the relationship between gender, care and employment, and radical education.