Transformations

One of the things that surprised us was the way in which, overnight, settings had changed practice in baby rooms: how practitioners had arranged things: the resources they had made on the session were being used with the babies who showed their excitement and interest; people were talking knowledgeably with their colleagues about the importance of interaction with babies and how every experience builds connections in their brains - babies and their own.

Practitioners that were tucked away in baby rooms and invisible became more obvious within settings Resources were identified by managers and given to baby rooms. Changes were happening in nurseries and children's centres: more interaction with babies by being tuned into them; increased confidence with parents; increased interest and enthusiasm about babies; greater understanding and imagination in designing play with babies. Changes made are immediate and sustained. If you were to visit settings we worked with three years ago they are still talking about the baby room project, they are still making changes in their practice. In some settings it is embedded in their practice, practitioners and managers saying this is how we work, we have a dedicated budget.

People's energy levels shifted with the excitement.

How people interact with babies is highlighted in The Northamptonshire Baby Room Project, rather than just what toys are being used, or what the room looks like.

What babies crave is interaction, they crave people playing with them, appropriately communicating with them, being interested in them and loving them.

The Northamptonshire Baby Room Project started as a way of looking at developing quality provision for babies in private, voluntary and independent sector nurseries by focussing on increasing practitioner's knowledge about babies general development and in particular babies' brain development. The project was aimed at providing a balance of information around baby brain development, opportunities for creating resources to be used practically in settings and giving practitioners opportunities for reflecting on their interactions with babies.

What the baby room project provided people with was a framework to go away and develop things and be creative. 
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Before

After

Babies don't do anything Just how brilliant babies really are
Babies are boring to work with Wow, all those connections happening in their brains
Babies just cry Babies cry to let you know they are here
How I feel has no effect on my baby Babies pick up on the feelings that surround them - even though they don't know what they mean
 

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