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Early Childhood Studies
A Student's Guide

Second Edition
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Early Childhood Education

January 2024 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The second edition of this indispensable textbook supports your academic development as you explore key concepts, theories, and practices. Engaging case studies bring theory to life, encouraging you to apply your knowledge in real-world scenarios. Reflect on your own beliefs and values with thought-provoking reflection points, while actionable steps guide you in translating theory into practice. Stay current with an extensive list of further readings, ensuring you remain at the forefront of research and practice. Includes key features such as:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Action points
  • Case studies
  • Reflection points
  • Spotlights on policy/research
  • Chapter summaries
  • Further readings

Each chapter begins with Learning Outcomes and ends with a summary, to guide your studies and package the most complex of subjects in a digestible and understandable form. Unsure how Early Years policies are implemented and impact young children? Curious about working with multilingual children and families? This updated edition covers topics ranging from children's neurological development, to the impact of technology and digital culture, to childhood disability and SEND. Complete and comprehensive, this is the only textbook that will support you from the moment your degree begins right up to your graduation.

Whether you're embarking on a career in early childhood or seeking a deeper understanding of this vital field, this book equips you with the essential knowledge and tools to make a positive impact in the lives of young children.

 
Part 1: THE INDIVIDUAL CHILD
 
Chapter 1: The emergence of Early Childhood Studies: an historic overview
 
Chapter 2: The brain and children's early development
 
Chapter 3: The social and emotional development of children aged birth to three
 
Chapter 4: How Young Children Learn
 
Chapter 5: Creativity, curiosity and resilience
 
Chapter 6: Young children and early communication
 
Chapter 7: Developing children as critical Thinkers
 
Chapter 8: Family relationships in the early years
 
Chapter 9: Play in early childhood
 
Part 2: CHILDREN IN SOCIETY: ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
 
Chapter 10: Diversity, equity, and inclusion
 
Chapter 11: Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND
 
Chapter 12: Young children’s rights: provision, protection and participation
 
Chapter 13: Children’s health
 
Chapter 14: Early years policy: implementation and impact
 
Chapter 15: 15 Safeguarding children
 
Chapter 16: Young children’s wellbeing: conceptualising, assessing and supporting wellbeing
 
Chapter 17: Working with multilingual children and families in the early years
 
Part 3: CREATING ENVIRONMENTS FOR CHILDREN TO THRIVE
 
Chapter 18: Multi-agency practice with young children
 
Chapter 19: Childhood in a global context
 
Chapter 20: Young Children, Childhood and Gender
 
Chapter 21: Technology and early digital culture
 
Chapter 22: Observing and assessing children
 
Chapter 23: Researching with children
 
Chapter 24: Learning through placements
 
Chapter 25: Leading quality practice

Very student friendly text, the inclusion of spotlights, suggested further readings and relevant case studies will allow early childhood studies students to develop their learning, knowledge and understanding of issues relevant to practice in the early years sector

Miss Anne O'Reilly
School of Humanities, South East Technological University
February 15, 2024

Too much overlap with existing course materials

Ms Eva Dierickx
Education, Artesis Plantijn University College
February 15, 2024

Damien Fitzgerald

Damien Fitzgerald PhD, is Head of Area for Early Childhood and Childhood at the Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University. His research interests include gender and childhood, heteronormativity in family contexts and same-sex parenting and this informs his undergraduate and post-graduate teaching. Prior to working at Sheffield Hallam, he worked as an advisory teacher in early years special needs and in other teaching roles in schools. He is also qualified as a nurse working mainly in emergency care. More About Author

Heloise Maconochie

Heloise Maconochie PhD, is Visiting Scholar of Early Childhood Education at Purdue University Fort Wayne, USA. Her research interests include children’s experiences and perspectives of early childhood services, curriculum in the early years, disabled children’s childhoods, early intervention, children’s rights and participatory methodologies. She has worked in the UK as a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and Teacher Education, and as an early years coordinator and primary school teacher. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in Allen County, Indiana. More About Author

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