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Key Concepts in Early Childhood Education and Care

Key Concepts in Early Childhood Education and Care

Second Edition

February 2011 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Key Concepts in Early Childhood Education and Care, Cathy Nutbrown's second edition, explains the key ideas and issues in Early Childhood clearly and concisely, keeping students up-to-date with the latest developments in the field.

New entries include:

  • Attachment
  • Babies' learning and development
  • Children's Centers
  • Citizenship
  • Digital Technologies
  • Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Early Years Professional Status
  • Neuroscience
  • Sexualities

The rest of the book has also been thoroughly updated and revised, and includes coverage of heuristic play, Early Literacy Development and Parental Involvement.

The book offers starting points which provide a clear focus, further reading and discussion of research on thirty-five key topics. It is a must-have for students studying courses in early childhood education and care.

Professor Cathy Nutbrown directs and teaches on Masters and Doctoral programs in Early Childhood Education at the University of Sheffield.

Babies' Learning and Development
Childminding and Home Childcare
Children's Centres
Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Digital Technologies
Early Intervention Studies
Early Literacy Development
Early Years Foundation Stage
Early Years Professional Status
Family Literacy
Heuristic Play with Objects
High Scope Pre-School Curriculum
Index for Inclusion
Key Person
Media and Popular Culture
Montessori Method
Parental Involvement
Persona Dolls
Reggio Emilia Approach
Special Educational Needs
Steiner-Waldorf Approach
Sure Start
Te Whãriki
Treasure Basket
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

'This is a very useful reference guide, something of an 'early years dictionary' which will be useful to a wide audience, particularly as we move forward into a world of more integrated services where practitioners of different professional backgrounds will be working together to provide early years services' -
Early Years Update

'This second edition provides a comprehensive overview of key topics in early childhood education and care, updated to reflect current topics and issues for example, the Early Years Foundation Stage, the Reggio Emilia approach and Early Years Professional Status. Cathy Nutbrown has provided a rich resource for those new to early childhood and those working within it, whether a student or a practitioner. A resource of topics to 'pick and mix'; for readers to review old favourites, update knowledge and to learn something new' -
Dr Elaine Hallet,
The Institute of Education, London

Praise for the 1st Edition:

'This is a text that is comprehensive in its scope and written in a highly accessible style. It provides an informed and stimulating insight into the key concepts and issues in early years that will captivate readers. The book illuminates these concepts by combining current research, case studies and practical examples with helpful further reading. Like a chocolate box, I found it difficult to know which to choose first!' - Jonathan Doherty, Head of Early Childhood Education, Leeds Metropolitan University

'A very useful resource in early years settings... The book is concise, easy to dip into and covers many very topical areas of interest' - Early Talk

Cathy Nutbrown offers a concise summary of many issues within the field of child development. Ideal for use in a Child Development and Childcare module for student's at all levels, in particular level 3 which lends itself to a wide and relevant selection of both formative and summative assessment throughout the academic year.

Mrs Jo Williams
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
February 1, 2016

This book provides some very concise chapters introducing concepts whilst others are more in depth. The 'References and Indicative Further Reading' sections at the end of each chapter are substantial and very useful.

Mrs Tracey Herbert
University Centre, Petroc
September 3, 2015

I will recommend that students buy a copy of this book because it would be useful to them across the units that they study throughout their degree course. It provides a starting point for their thinking on a range of subjects and the follow-up references would give them a steer about where to go next.

Dr Gina Sherwood
School of Education & Continuing Stud, Portsmouth University
May 13, 2015

An easy read regarding the key concepts in Early Years. The book has discussion points for all practitioners and students to use to reflect on aspects of their practice.
I think this is an essential book for all in Early Years.

Mrs Dawn Burnham
Dept Of Applied Health Sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
October 10, 2014

Having used this text when I initially trained as a teacher many years ago, I was delighted to review a new edition. This is an ideal book for my module on 'provision for children' and to support my child development module. It is extremely comprehensible and highlights key approaches, theoretical perspectives, considerations essential for a quality early childhood provision. It provides an overview so students can then choose what to examine in more depth.

Miss Catherine Farnon
Faculty of Community Studies, Highlands College
August 26, 2014

An easy to read book which covers the key concepts in Early Childhood in a concise and an easy to read way.

Mrs Jane Smithson
Education , Bedfordshire University
September 23, 2013

This book extends students understanding and knowledge throughout the Early Years. It has been useful to pick relevant sections and the chapter on neurosciences was held in high regard by the students (PGCE Early Years)./ The futher reading suggested were finely tuned to extend the chapters.

Ms Jane Noble
Early years and primary, Institute of Education
July 16, 2013

This book provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge on a variety of topics in early years.
Contains up to date information and developments in key issues such as, attachment, the foundation stage and babies learning and development. Kathy Nutbrown at her best.

Mrs Helen Middleton
Caring, Cardiff and Vale College
June 30, 2013

This is a very useful reference book which will be valuable to a range of students and practitioners.

Mr Luke Champion
Education , Manchester Metropolitan University
June 24, 2013

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