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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.

 
PART ONE: EARLY CHILDHOOD CONTEXT AND POLICY
 
Children and Childhood: A Historical Perspective
 
The Current Policy Context of Early Years
 
PART TWO: CHILDREN'S DEVELOPMENT
 
Holistic Development
 
Children's Development
 
Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage
 
Factors Affecting Children's Learning and Development
 
PART THREE: APPLYING CHILD DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE
 
Supporting Children's Learning and Development
 
Observing and Assessing Children's Learing and Development
 
PART FOUR: ENHANCING PRACTICE AND UNDERSTANDING
 
Reflecting on Children's Learning and Development
 
Thinking, Questioning and Challenging: A Critical Approach to the Early Years
 
References
 
Index

An accessible text exploring child development. Includes detailed development charts and notes on practice and the wider context. Essential reading for child development modules.

Mrs Helen Middleton
Caring, Cardiff and Vale College
November 22, 2013

This accessible guide to child development is written for students of degrees and foundation degrees in Early Childhood Studies, Early Years and related disciplines.

Mrs Helen Middleton
Caring, Cardiff and Vale College
November 22, 2013

This book provides an overview of child development theories and different areas of development. It is a good guide for undergraduate learners as well practitioners in the field.

Mrs Jeenal Desai
Humanities and Education, Doncaster University Centre
November 21, 2013

An updated version of the original which has been invaluable for our Level 4 Full time students. it is also a useful text to challenge some level 3 students to prepare them for the next step in their studies.

Mrs Caroline Guard
School of Applied and Health Sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
October 1, 2013

A good starting point for those beginning a course on child development. Basic enough to grasp an understanding, however not overly academic in it's style

Mrs Tanya Richardson
School of Education, Northampton University
September 21, 2013

the book meets students reading needs on the course, provides a professional insight to how to manage and support the development of children in their care

Mrs Rosalind Roberts
Business Administration , Swansea Metropolitan University
September 9, 2013

Child Development for EY students and practitioners
A useful book for EY students with the current edition updated with the new EYFS and tw year old check. Clearly organized and supportive of much content of the FdA as child development underpins the whole degree. The tables are particularly useful and can provide a helpful prompt for prompt students although I would like to see reference to more modern pioneers being included. Quite limited reference section for degree level; I would really like to see more reference made to journal articles to support students in this transition. Overall a good supplement to lectures and independent study.

Mrs Janet Harvell
Early Years, Bridgwater College
September 4, 2013

I would recommend this book to all practitioners working in the early years.

Miss KATY MEREDITH
AACATS, Ystrad Mynach College
August 15, 2013

An invaluable text to support foundation degree in early years. Good discussions around holistic development and an interesting critique of developmentalism.

Sasha Pleasance
Care & Learning Opportunities, South Devon College
August 14, 2013

excellent comprehensive text for all levels, but sespecially level 4

Dr Jackie Musgrave
Education Department, Worcester University
August 6, 2013

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