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Early Childhood Education and Care
An Introduction


April 2013 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'The book gives excellent insight of current Early Years topics by covering international educational approaches and discussing the need to professionalise the sector. It is suitable for students on Early Childhood Studies programme, EYPS, and Early Years Foundation Degrees.' - Eva Mikuska, Senior Lecturer at University of Chichester, MA, EYPS, and Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood

By examining how young children develop and learn from conception through to the age of eight, this book explores ways to enhance professional practice in the early years.

Sections cover:

- Child development (including recent research into cognitive development of babies)

- The child in the socio-cultural context

- International educational approaches

- The developing professional.

Learning Features:

- Key learning points identify at a glance what each chapter will cover

- Case studies help you link theory to practice

- Reflective activities help you reflect on how to apply ideas to practice

- Further reading directs you to additional resources to deepen your understanding.

Illustrated with examples of practice from a range of settings, this accessible text is essential reading for all those studying on Early Years, Early Childhood Studies and Early Years Education and Care courses.

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About the Author
 
Acknowledgements
 
PART ONE: CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING
 
Introduction
 
Development from Conception to Three: New Understanding
 
Play as Active Learning
 
Play and Risk
 
Creative Approaches to Teaching and Learning: 'Kodaly'
 
Creative Approaches to Teaching and Learning -'Transient Art'
 
PART TWO: THE CHILD IN THE SOCIOCULTURAL CONTEXT
 
Introduction
 
The Impact of Changes in Family Structure
 
The Role of the Parent in the 21st Century
 
The Role of the Community in Childcare and Education
 
The Place of the School in the 21st Century
 
The Place of Technology in Early Years Care and Education
 
PART THREE: INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL APPROACHES
 
Introduction
 
Practice and Provision for Children 0 - 8 in Sweden
 
Practice and Provision in Reggio Emilia
 
Practice and Provision in New Zealand: Te Whariki
 
High Scope
 
An Approach to Experiential Education: Ferre Laevers
 
PART FOUR: THE DEVELOPING PROFESSIONAL
 
Introduction
 
Concepts and Status of Early Years Professionalism
 
Inter-Professional Practice
 
The Practicing Professional as Researcher
 
Working in a Team
 
The Issue of Professional Autonomy
 
Index

'Each section has its own introduction and can stand alone - indeed the chapters, although they are clearly interconnected, can be accessed individually. This makes this an ideal book to dip in to when researching a particular aspect of early years practice'

Early Years Update
Early Years Update

The text promotes knowledge and understanding of education and care for early years specialists, primary teachers and childhood practitioners. It offers a variety of strategies and approaches to enhance professional development. This book is well written, accessible and engages the reader throughout. It is a valuable learning and reference tool which will appeal to a wide audience who seek insight into early years.

Brenda Dunn and Jill Shimi
Scottish Educational Review

This book is an invaluable resource for all students in the field of early childhood studies who envisage a career as professionals in the field as it introduces a number of concepts of early childhood education and care that can benefit enormously the professional practitioner in recognising today’s issues of their practice and support children and families in a broader socio-cultural context.

Dr. Ioanna Palaiologou
Canterbury Christ Church University

This book gives higher level students some new approaches to supporting early childhood. Good links to theory and international approaches, as well as supporting the developing practitioner.

Mrs Stephanie Schofield
Accounting, Newcastle College
June 30, 2017

A comprehensive and accessible text that makes an excellent guide for students studying Early Childhood. A key feature is the Reflective Activities and Case Studies included which offer opportunities to support learning and understanding.

Ms Caroline Brooks
Learning and Teaching Institute, Sheffield Hallam University
September 9, 2016

This text gives a modern view of childhood including highlighting the issues parents and children may have and considerations practitioners will need to undertake in their everyday work. It is particularly good to note how practice and policy from other countries has been discussed, enabling students to make comparisons with their own practice and experience.

Mrs Ruth Davies
Childhood and Family Studies ppA8, Glyndwr University
August 5, 2016

A useful introductory text

Dr Jonathan Wainwright
Educational Admin , Sheffield Hallam University
March 16, 2016

Valuable core text for the FdA, part of indicative reading for Growth and Development module, The Curriculum module and Sociological Perspectives in childhood.

Ms Alison Horner
Health, Social Studies & Early Years, New College Durham
June 18, 2015

A good, all round book, useful for our BEd students in their second year stage of the course.

Mrs Ani Thomas
EHS, Derby University
June 3, 2015

I used this book to help me with the structure of the course and my preparation as a tutor

I signposted some students to this to enable further reading around a topic

Mrs Jan Mulvaney
Training, PSLA
June 18, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Sample chapter - Development from Conception to 3: New Understanding


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