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Early Childhood Studies

Early Childhood Studies

Third Edition
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Early Childhood Studies

272 pages | Learning Matters
The third edition of this popular core text provides comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of the course content for Early Childhood Studies. The contents list reflects the multi-disciplinary and multi-professional scope of the discipline and provides an overview of current issues and approaches. Seven new chapters have been added including those on Frameworks for Understanding and Development, Providing an Enabling Environment and Action Research. Each chapter includes activities to help the reader engage with the text and advice on further reading.
Part 1: What can children do? Sociocultural factors in development
Frameworks for understanding development
Active playing and learning
Developing communication: enjoying the company of other people
Children’s health and wellbeing: investigating the health of the nation
Part 2: Working with children: extending opportunities for participation
Observing children
Providing an enabling environment
Tackling inequality in the early years
Part 3: Multi-professional practice: developing empowering communities
Working with colleagues
Leadership in early childhood settings
The benefits of comparison: recent developments in the German early years workforce
Part 4: Comparing children's worlds: making the familiar strange
Adults’ concepts of childhood
Children's well-being in the developing world
The research, policy and practice triange in early childhood education and care
Part 5: Researching practice: developing critical engagement
In praise of reflective practice
Research projects in early childhood studies: students' active explorations of children's worlds
Action research

"A good range of relevant subjects, covered in an accessible form … the authors understand the audience they are writing for and balance academic rigour and readability well." Lecturer, University of Cumbria

An excellent resource covering every aspect of working within the Early Years Setting. This will prove to be a valuable text for all learners embarking on Early Education and Childcare courses across a variety of levels.

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

Good range of activities, firm grounding on the background to current policies, links to further reading

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

Absolutely wonderful book, easy to read with good up to date information. Many thanks Sage have used again with both further and higher level students!

Mrs Donna O'Connor
EYCYP, NWRC Strabane Campus
May 17, 2013


Mr Jonathan Roberts
Youth and Community Work, University of Teesside
January 7, 2013

Very useful text, easy to read.

Ms Lynne Shankster
Department of Children, Care and Health, Hertford Regional College
December 7, 2012

This book has a refreshing approach to relevant topic for Early Years practitioners/students.

Department of Social Work (Luton), Bedfordshire University
June 29, 2012

A very useful and interesting text for undergraduate degree students. Contemporary and relevant chapters for early years workers.

Ms Carol Lloyd
Childhood Studies (Bishop Otter), Chichester University
January 23, 2012

A clear and easy to read text that I have shown to my students as a good reference text for their studies.

Mrs Amanda Thomas
Education, Glamorgan University
January 16, 2012

A good supplemental text for those intending to follow an academic course into H.E.

Mrs Anne Carlisle
Childcare Department, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
December 20, 2011

Rod Parker-Rees

Rod Parker-Rees is the co-ordinator of Early Childhood Studies and joint programme director for the BA (Hons) ECS at the University of Plymouth, where he also helped to develop the Early Childhood Studies Specialist pathway on the Bed and the BA (Hons) degree in ECS. Before he taught three to five year-old children in Bristol and conducted research with the National Primary Centre (South West). His research interests centre on playfulness, early communication and the role of young children as active social agents. More About Author

Caroline Leeson

Dr Caroline Leeson is Associate Professor in Early Childhood Studies at Plymouth University. She has particular interests in the welfare of looked after children, children’s centre leadership and reflective practice and enjoys working with students towards their goal of being strong advocates for young children and their families. Her research interests are in social justice; children with a parent in prison; children who go missing and/or are vulnerable to sexual exploitation and the involvement of children in decision making processes. She is also active in researching the articulation of leadership in early years settings. Before... More About Author

Jan Savage

Dr Jan Savage was joint co-ordinator of Early Childhood Studies at the University of Plymouth until August 2005, and helped to create the specialist pathway on the B Ed and BA (Hons) degree in ECS. Shehas always been interested in promoting an inter-disciplinary collaborative approach to Continued Professional Development work in Early Years. She is currently working as a tutor on the national leadership programme for Children Centre leaders, deputies and others across professional boundaries (NPQICL). More About Author

Jenny Willan

Jenny Willan teaches on modules with a focus on research methodology. She previously worked in educational research at the University of Cambridge and the National Foundation for Educational Research. She has worked on children's writing, gender studies and teacher action research. More About Author