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Child Development for Early Years Students and Practitioners

Child Development for Early Years Students and Practitioners

Third Edition

March 2016 | 208 pages | Learning Matters
This accessible core text to child development is for students of degrees and foundation degrees in Early Years, Early Childhood Studies and related disciplines and for early years practitioners. It introduces the context of child development, how we can develop an understanding of this development and how early years practitioners can support this in practice. 

This new Third Edition has been updated throughout and brought into line with current policy.  It references the 2014 Special Educational Needs Code of Practice and the new Early Years Teacher status.  Other updates to this edition include:
  • a new chapter on critiquing the assessment of school readiness - increasingly a topical theme in the Early Years
  • new information and discussion of the differences between the EYFS and the first Key Stage of the National Curriculum 
  • new case studies and enhanced interactive activities.


Part 1: Early Childhood Context and Policy
Chapter 1: Children and Childhood: A Historical Perspective
Chapter 2: The Current Policy Context of Early Years
Part 2: Children's Development
Chapter 3: Holistic Development
Chapter 4: Children's Development
Chapter 5: Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage
Chapter 6: Factors affecting Children's Learning and Development
Part 3: Applying Child Development in Practice
Chapter 7: Supporting Children's Learning and Development
Chapter 8: Observing and Assessing Children's Learning and Development
Part 4: Enhancing Practice and Understanding
Chapter 9: Reflecting on Children's Learning and Development
Chapter 10: Thinking, Questioning and Challenging: A Critical Approach to the Early Years

The third edition brings it in line with current policy...[and] there are numerous case studies throughout the chapters, which help illustrate points made. This will prove to be a useful book for those wanting to hone up on their child development knowledge, for those starting out in their early years career, and for those undertaking professional development.

Neil Henty
Early Years Eductor

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