Researchers claim that from birth – and most likely before birth – babies seek the companionship and engagement of others. These companions are of all ages. They are interesting, trustworthy people who have a playful respect for others. If this is so then in what ways can teachers of young children become trusted companions? Does the companionship of another nurture the tendency to take risks, try out new things and thus shorten the gap that exists between being unsure and having the courage to try?

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