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Early Childhood Education and Care
An Introduction



March 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

I really enjoyed reading this book and found it useful and informative. It is well laid out and easy to read. I particularly enjoyed the Reflective Activity sections in the chapters, allowing me the opportunity to reflect as well as the students.

Mrs Dawn Rigby
Dept of Applied Health Sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
June 2, 2014

Well done, this book has been a good source of detail to support students in their independent studies and several units on both the BA and FdA in Early Years. This is placed on the reading list to supplement and widen students knowledge.

Mrs Keris Batley
Health, Care and Teacher Training, UCY/Yeovil College
May 21, 2014

This is a clearly written book which gives clear and helpful information for learners to understand.
Excellent resource!

Mrs Marion McGuire
Health and Social Care, Impact International College
April 8, 2014

A useful introduction to the topic as a starter to any degree.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Newport School of Education, University of Wales, Newport
March 6, 2014

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.

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

A wide-ranging book which covers a lot of ground. Case studies and examples from international perspectives were interesting and well selected. The book would be useful across a range of modules, rather than for one specific one.

Mrs Mary-Louise Maynes
Education, Bishop Grosseteste College
November 21, 2013

A good introductory text which provides signposts for the reader to follow and expand knowledge on chosen aspect; good range of reflective activities; particularly like the sections on the child in the socio-cultural context and international approaches

Mrs Janet Harvell
Education Department - St Marks, Bridgwater College
November 5, 2013

This is an excellent book. It covers many of the various topics required for the course. It clearly explains child development and the different stages. Easy to read.

Mrs Cheryl Hine
Teacher Training, Leeds City College
October 21, 2013

This is good introduction to the field and provides a useful and varied range of perspectives.

Mr Luke Champion
Education , Manchester Metropolitan University
September 18, 2013

This is a very accessible and user friendly text for students currently studying on early childhood studies programmes. It not only emphasises and reminds us of the key themes that have shaped early years practice, but it also draws on recent research to help make these essential links between theory and practice. There are also activities throughout the text which are very valuable in extending thinking and enabling reflection of the many issues discussed. These include play, the role of the family within society, and practice and provision within the UK and abroad. The section on 'the professional as a researcher' is also an invaluable addition to help support students with the research process.

Mrs Gillian Danby
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
September 5, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Sample chapter - Development from Conception to 3: New Understanding


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