This chapter explores the role of “things” and objects in first transitions and highlights the nonhuman interanimating aspects of this process. We pay particular attention to things related to feeding (e.g., bottles); things important to the transition process, such as favourite items from home; objects of particular importance in the classroom; and comfort items, such as pacifiers (dummies). Throughout, we explore the role that these things play in infants’ first transition into early childhood education and care (ECEC). Of particular interest are the ways in which these items appear to influence infants’ positive mood and affect, and the mediating role that key transitional things play in infants’ interactions with peers and adults.
|Title of host publication||First transitions to early childhood education and care|
|Subtitle of host publication||Intercultural dialogues across the globe |
|Editors||E. Jayne White, Helen Marwick, Niina Rutanen, Katia Souza Amorim, Laura K. M. Herold|
|Place of Publication|| Cham, Switzerland|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 05 Aug 2022|
|Name||Policy and Pedagogy with Under-three Year Olds: Cross Disciplinary Insights and Innovations|