Defining the child's curriculum, and its role in the life of the community

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


We invited experts in early child development, education, and care to clarify issues of universal importance for the well-being of human worlds. They include teachers who appreciate that every child is born for a life of learning and needs to develop this in a community of joyful friendships to share its culture of arts and techniques. We address the difficulties of children and their families struggling to live in social depri- vation or poverty when the administration and politics of an ambitious government are principally concerned with how industry makes wealth for a minority. Evidence we present demonstrates that leadership to address and support the creative abilities of all children and their families in their years before school is essential. Such lead- ership recognizes the importance of these abilities for the development of healthy, cooperative, and self-confident citizens who can secure the health of the community and benefit its economic productivity in a rich and peaceful world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Child's Curriculum
Subtitle of host publicationWorking with the Natural Values of Young Children
EditorsColwyn Trevarthen, Jonathan Delafield-Butt, Aline-Wendy Dunlop
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780198747109
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2018


  • innate affections
  • active bodies
  • curiosity for learning
  • joy in companionship
  • kind teachers
  • vital community
  • ECEC policy
  • Scotland

Research Output

The Child's Curriculum: Working With the Natural Values of Young Children

Trevarthen, C. (ed.), Delafield-Butt, J. (ed.) & Dunlop, A-W. (ed.), 14 Sep 2018, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 352 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

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Trevarthen, C., Dunlop, A-W., & Delafield-Butt, J. (2018). Defining the child's curriculum, and its role in the life of the community. In C. Trevarthen, J. Delafield-Butt, & A-W. Dunlop (Eds.), The Child's Curriculum: Working with the Natural Values of Young Children (pp. 1-12). Oxford University Press.