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Child Development for Early Years Students and Practitioners

Child Development for Early Years Students and Practitioners

Second Edition

192 pages | Learning Matters
Nursery World Awards
This accessible guide to child development is written specifically 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. It considers the biological/social debate, explores holistic development, examines factors affecting development and includes a chapter on reflective practice.


This second edition has been updated to include new guidance for the revised Early Years Foundation Stage. It covers the development check at age two and looks in detail at how a learning of child development relates to early years practice. This edition also includes a new chapter introducing a critique of developmentalism. Throughout, new case studies have been included and interactive activites have been enhanced.



About the Early Years series


This series has been designed to support students of degrees and foundation degrees in Early Years, Early Childhood and related disciplines. Each text takes a focused look at a specific topic and approaches it in an accessible and user-friendly way. Learning features help readers engage with the text and understanding the subject from a number of different viewpoints. Activities pose questions to prompt thought and discussion and further reading suggestions, including useful websites, are included to help students access extended learning in each topic.


Other titles in the series include Early Childhood Studies, Childhood and Society for the Early Years and Exploring Play for Early Childhood Studies.


Sally Neaum is a lecturer in Early Childhood, and teaches primary English in initial teacher training. She ahs worked a s a nursery and primary school teacher and as an advisor in early years and inclusion. She has an M.Ed in Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs and her doctoral research was in the pedagogy of early literacy.

Children and Childhood: A Historical Perspective
The Current Policy Context of Early Years
Holistic Development
Children's Development
Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage
Factors Affecting Children's Learning and Development
Supporting Children's Learning and Development
Observing and Assessing Children's Learing and Development
Reflecting on Children's Learning and Development
Thinking, Questioning and Challenging: A Critical Approach to the Early Years

This book carefully guides early years students through children's development. There are a range of case studies, activities that help the learners to link theory to practical application.

Mrs Marion Farnworth
Centre of Health & Childhood Studies, Hopwood Hall College
December 6, 2014

This is a key text in relation to the development of children, it is important that practitioners understand child development to an acceptable level and this book is highly supported with further reading to allow them to consider a range of persepctives.

Miss Natalie Gibson
School of Education, Blackburn College
October 8, 2014

This text is essential reading for any Early Years student. It provides a comprehensive understanding of child development for students relating this to current practice. The book provides interesting case studies and reflective activities to support students learning. It is an accessible text that supports students.

Mrs Catherine O'Brien
School of Social Sciences and Law, University of Teesside
September 24, 2014

A detailed and insightful book which would be particularly useful for level 3 students who are considering progressing on to HE level study of Child Development as an introduction to more complex issues. Really useful case studies provided to promote thought/discussion with activities that students could use on an individual or group basis.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Directorate Of Learning, Petroc
August 21, 2014

This book is very easy to read, with well laid out tables and diagrams. It covers all areas of development and relates them to relevant theorists, which are described in an accessible way. The book also includes chapters on factors which may affect development and how practitioners can promote development, which is relevant for my students.

Mrs Cheryl Clarke
Childhood Studies LX11, Colchester Institute
August 14, 2014

Very useful and informative for early years students and practitioners

Ms Carol Lloyd
Childhood Studies and Psychology County Bishop Otter, Chichester University
June 2, 2014

Excellent book, covers development in a clear and simple format

Mrs Clare Hutton
Early Childhood Studies, Croydon College
May 1, 2014

This very useful and informative text will assist learners in many units within the Early Education and Childcare courses. It covers all aspects of development and the use of case studies, activities and further reading options will capture and engage the learners enthusiasm in this area.

Mrs Gayle McKeag
Health and Well-being, Anniesland College
March 24, 2014

An interesting book that is easy for students to follow and get to grips with.

Miss Karen Bezerra
Childcare Studies, Colege sir Gar
March 17, 2014

A great resource for our year 1 foundation degree students looking to develop their knowledge.

Mrs Yasmin Mukadam
School of Education, Kingston University
February 2, 2014

Sally Neaum

Sally Neaum is a lecturer in Early Childhood, and teaches Primary English in initial teacher training. She has worked as a nursery and primary school teacher, as an advisor in early years and inclusion. She has an M.Ed in Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs and her doctoral research was in the pedagogy of early literacy.  More About Author