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The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage
Theory and Practice

Fourth Edition
Edited by:

June 2021 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This new fourth edition of The Early Years Foundation Stage is fully updated to bring it in line with key changes in the revised EYFS.

What is included?

-          A brand-new chapter on Reflective Practice

-          Completely new content in fully revised chapters on Play; Pedagogical Documentation; Communication and Language; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; and Children’s Health and Wellbeing

-          New coverage of Baseline Assessment

-          New and updated case studies throughout the book

-          ‘Taking it Outside’ examples

-          New coverage of self-regulation

This best-selling, market leading textbook provides students with a comprehensive and critical look at the EYFS curriculum. Encouraging students to look at the theory and policy context behind the EYFS, it helps them to relate it to their practice across all areas of the EYFS through case studies and examples, points for discussion, reflective tasks and further reading.

Ioanna Palaiologou is an Academic Associate at the UCL Institute of Education. She is also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, with a specialism in child development and learning theories


Part I: Policy Context
Trevor Male & Ioanna Palaiologou
Chapter 1: Historical Developments for Early Childhood Education and Care
Ioanna Palaiologou & Trevor Male
Chapter 2: Early Years Foundation Stage
Ioanna Palaiologou, Glenda Walsh, Lorna Arnott, Deirdre Grogan, Jane Waters, Natalie Macdonald & Phil Lynch
Chapter 3: The National Picture
Theodora Papatheodorou
Chapter 4: The International Perspective on Early Childhood Education and Care
Nyree Nicholson
Chapter 5: The Issue of Professionalism
Part II: Pedagogy
Theodora Papatheodorou & Donna Potts
Chapter 6: Pedagogy in Practice
Zenna Kingdon & Ioanna Palaiologou
Chapter 7: Play
Lorna Arnott & Ioanna Palaiologou
Chapter 8: Playful learning with technologies
Paulette Luff
Chapter 9: Observations: Recording and Analysis
Sally Howard & Angie Hutchinson
Chapter 10: Assessment
Elisabetta Biffi, Franca Zuccoli & Lucia Carriera
Chapter 11: Pedagogical Documentation
Angie Hutchinson & Ioanna Palaiologou
Chapter 12: Transitions
Part III: Areas of Learning and Development
Ioanna Palaiologou
Chapter 13: Communication and language
Ioanna Palaiologou
Chapter 14: Physical Development
Ioanna Palaiologou
Chapter 15: Personal, social, emotional development
Helen Bradford
Chapter 16: Literacy
Zoi Nikiforidou
Chapter 17: Mathematics
Nicky Hirst
Chapter 18: Understanding the World
Nick Owen, Liz Clark & Caroline Farley
Chapter 19: Expressive arts and design
Part IV: Key Issues in Practice
Eleanor Kitto & Liz Bullough
Chapter 20: Reflective Practice
Anna Knowles
Chapter 21: Partnerships
Zoi Nikiforidou & Babs Anderson
Chapter 22: Safeguarding
Jackie Musgrave
Chapte 23: Children’s health and well being
Alex Owen
Chapter 24: Inclusion
Trevor Male & Amanda Ince
Chapter 25: Leadership

Excellent overview of EYFS

Mrs Abigail Gosling
School of Education, Bedfordshire University
April 27, 2022

An excellent update to this essential book

Mrs Emma Harvey
Education, Suffolk New College
January 6, 2023

An excellent text for our HE students on the Foundation Degree and top-up Degree programmes. There are good sections for ‘points for discussion’, as well as the reflective tasks at the end of each chapter. Furthermore, the case studies enable links between theory and practice, to enable students to further develop working practice in their setting. Additionally, with ‘further reading’ materials and ‘useful websites’, which makes the publication an ideal source for the students to further explore key points of interest. Very good collaboration of authors across the chapter content.

Miss Tracey Canham
Education, New College Swindon
July 26, 2021

A recommended book for Foundation Degree in Early Year students. Covers a range of topics, issues and curriculum areas. The 'points for discussion' are particularly useful to initiate conversations with students and to prompt their thinking and reflection on practice.

Mrs Samantha Sutton-Tsang
Centre For Early Childhood, Worcester University
September 30, 2021

An excellent and comprehensive textbook

Ms Carmel Bracken
Department of Social Care, Limerick Institute of Technology
April 27, 2021

There is some very up to date ideas and theory that is good for the students to explore.

Ms Libby Beckett-Wrighton
Social Sciences & Humanities, University of Bradford
April 23, 2021

This is so helpful for many modules within the level 5 course. I have added this to the core reading list

Mrs Emma Harvey
Department of Care & Early Years, Suffolk New College
March 16, 2021

Very comprehensive coverage of important issues in EYFS ranging from reflective practice to leadership and chapters focused on different areas of learning and development. Ana ccessible read.

Mrs Victoria Brown
Primary Education Dept, University of St Mark And St John
March 24, 2021