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An Introduction to Early Childhood

An Introduction to Early Childhood
A Multidisciplinary Approach

Second Edition
Edited by:

264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"This is a stimulating, well-structured book with excellent references to further relevant research. I am confident students will find this a meaningful key text in their study of early childhood, early years leadership and every aspect of early years education and practice."
—Denise Corfield, Early Years Program Leader (Foundation Degree), Edge Hill University

Covering the major themes of early childhood education and care, this new edition of a popular book has been updated to cover recent developments in the early years field.

Linking theory and practice, it covers Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), the National Professional Qualification for Integrated Centre Leadership (NPQICL) and the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Where appropriate, account is taken of the regional differences between policy and practice in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Chapters look at: children's rights; protecting and safeguarding children; inclusive practice for children with special educational needs; collaborative practice across education, health and social work; child health; appropriate ways to study and gain knowledge of children; theories of modern childhood; children's learning; and international perspectives.

The Second Edition contains five entirely new chapters on:

  • Working with Families
  • Children's Well-Being
  • Outdoor Play and Learning
  • Understanding Diversity
  • Workforce Development and Professionalism

With lots of helpful features such as chapter objectives, questions for reflection and discussion and recommended further reading, this new edition also includes:

  • Extra case studies
  • Suggestions for useful websites
  • A glossary of key terms

Essential reading for students new to early childhood studies, this book will be a useful source of references and further reading throughout any early years degree program.

Tim Waller
Modern Childhood: Contemporary Theories and Children’s Lives
Jane Waters
Tim Waller and Ros Swann
Children’s Learning
Tim Waller
Outdoor Play and Learning
Tim Waller
International Perspectives
Gill Handley
Children’s Rights to Participation
Celia Doyle
Protecting and Safeguarding Children
Prospera Tedam
Understanding Diversity
Christine Hickman and Kyffin Jones
Inclusive Practice for Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Jane Murray
Studying the Worlds of Young Children: Knowing and Understanding
Eunice Lumsden
Joined-up Thinking in Practice: An Exploration of Professional Collaboration
Eunice Lumsden and Celia Doyle
Working with Families
Sharon Smith and Tania Morris
Child Health
Denise Hevey
Professional Work in Early Childhood

Another well presented book and an excellent read. The chapters cover the modules of the Early Childhood Studies degree. It presents good case studies and discussion points.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
October 8, 2013

Accessible and comprehensive text which is well laid out making good use of summations, and encouraging reflective practice

Ms Yasmin Stefanov-King
Scarborough School of Education, Hull University
September 24, 2013

A clear and well structured publication that covers a wide range of topics in good detail and with associated case study information. However, I am not particularly keen on the authors use of learning objectives at the start of chapters.

Mr Mark Tymms
Division of Youth & Community, De Montfort University
December 19, 2012

loved this book very infomative.

HESC Office, Barnet College
May 9, 2012

This has now been adopted as the core text for the module on early childhood and international perspectives on the BA Early Childhood Studies. This new edition provides a clear key grounding for Early Childhood students and supports further reading

Mrs Judi Williamson
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
May 7, 2012

excellent book that gives a wide range of contemporary issues relating to ECE. useful reflection points for discussion in class

Dr Jackie Musgrave
Early Years Department, Solihull College
April 23, 2012

Particularly like the chapters on International Perspectives & Inclusive Practice. An interesting read.

Mrs Claire York
Education , Nelson & Colne College
February 3, 2012

A variety of chapters that fits directly with the course modules. The chapters are easy to read and clearly guided with subheadings. The case studies and reflective questions help students develop a deeper understanding of the topic material.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Dept of Care & Continuing Education, Ystrad Mynach College
March 9, 2011

I recommended the first edition of this text on many modules of the Early Years degree, and the second edition has built on its content and scope.

Dr Gillian McGillivray
Department of Education, Newman College
September 20, 2010

There is a lot in here that I will use.

Mrs Jan Gourd
School of Culture, Communication and Society, College of St Mark and St John
May 4, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Tim Waller

Tim Waller is Editor of this book, and Professor of Child and Family Studies at Anglia Ruskin University. The majority of the contributors are based at the University of Northampton, and this is very much a team book. More About Author

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