We constantly use the term education and care in early childhood, but what does care mean? DR LIZ ROUSE and DR FAY HADLEY explore the ideas and the research in this ‘hotly debated’ topic. Are educators expected to have ‘professional love’ for the children in their care? What are the benefits and limitations of approaching early childhood from such a perspective? This blog is the first in a series discussing early childhood educators and ‘professional love’. Keep an eye out for another perspective in the coming weeks.