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Child Observation for the Early Years

Child Observation for the Early Years

Second Edition

184 pages | Learning Matters
This is a key text for all those studying for degrees and foundation degrees in early childhood, early years and related disciplines. It enables students to appreciate the central role of observation for understanding, planning for and educating early years children. It covers the theoretical background in detail and highlights important works. The book includes guidance on techniques and recording and analyzing and consideration of the ethical implications. The text helps students to understand how their observations can be effectively used to draw conclusions or to prompt further study. This Second Edition includes new chapters on the curriculum and recording and analyzing.

Key Features
  • Practical guidance on child observation in early years setting
  • Includes interactive activities and case studies
  • Essential reading for Early Childhood Studies and Early Years degrees
  • 'Theory focus' boxes explore learning in detail
Introduction: Policy Context and Observation
The Pedagogy of Early Years
The Role of Observations in Early Years
Oservation Techniques
Analysing and Documenting Observations
Ethical Implications
Observing for Development
Observing for Research
Observing for the Curriculum
Summary: Early Years Workforce and Observation

'This book empowers students to understand the crucial role of observatin for understanding, planning for and educating early years children'
-Early Years Educators

'This is a practical text that will be very useful for practitioners working towards early years professional status (EYPS)
Early Years Update

Very useful book, will recommend to team.

Mrs Danae Copley
Education , Central Bedfordshire College
November 27, 2015

Thorough and understandable. Past students have relied heavily on this text to give them a knowledgeable but easy to follow reference for Child Development observations

Mrs Nicola Demetriadi
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
November 20, 2015

Very useful for students going out on placement to undertake assessments as part of their assignments. I have also recommended this as a starter text for MA Education students who are unfamiliar with early years settings.

Mrs Felicity Kyffin
School Of Education, Bangor University
July 3, 2015

really good for new EYE level 3 diploma

Mrs Carol Darwin
Higher education , Ashton Sixth Form College
June 25, 2015

Useful book for both undergraduate early years students

Miss Lorna Wardle
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
June 12, 2015

Gives a clear review of the importance of observations, different observation techniques that can be used and the text is supported with tasks for the learner to complete throughout each chapter.

Miss Rebecca Pace
Health & Social Care, Walbottle Campus
June 8, 2015

An excellent resource for early years students getting to grips with child observations as an assessment method. The many examples, photographs and case studies help to link theory to practice and to clarify the purpose for observations. Highly recommended.

Mrs Anna Colgan
Higher Education, Banbury and Bicester College
June 2, 2015

As the new EYE qualification as come into force, this covers in depth the reasons why we need to assess and observe children's progress and how to forward planning.

Mrs Carol M darwin
Higher education , Ashton Sixth Form College
February 1, 2016

Extremely useful for our students in terms of EYFS practice.

Mrs Ani Thomas
EHS, Derby University
December 16, 2014

Ioanna Palaiologou

Dr. Ioanna Palaiologou CPsychol AFBPsS is an Academic Associate at the UCL Institute of Education. She is also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society with a specialism in child development and learning theories. Her research interests focus on ethics, child development, the role of digital technologies and implications on pedagogy.  More About Author