This study delves into the spatial dynamics within infant early childhood education and care settings and examines how they contribute to babies' sense of belonging. Recognizing the significance of spatial perspectives in shaping infants' experiences, this research aims to unravel the intricate relationship between spatial environments, social interactions, and the development of a secure and inclusive sense of belonging. Through qualitative observations and interviews, we explore the various spatial elements and arrangements that foster a sense of belonging for babies in these settings. The findings shed light on the critical role of spatial design, sensory stimulation, caregiver-infant interactions, and the creation of nurturing environments in promoting infants' emotional well-being and their integration into the community of learners.
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