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Early Years Teaching and Learning

Early Years Teaching and Learning

Third Edition
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May 2018 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Covering all routes to early years teaching, this essential textbook provides students and practitioners with everything they need to know to deliver outstanding Early Years practice.


Previously titled Achieving Early Years Professional Status, this new edition is completely revised to include recent research and practice guidance for those studying:


-        Early Years Teacher Status

-        Teach First Early Years

-        Early Years Educator

-        Early Years PGCE


New case studies, illustrating best practice, make this text highly relevant for experienced professionals teaching and leading practice in Early Years settings and schools, and anyone interested in helping Early Years children learn and develop.

Denise Reardon, Dilys Wilson and Dympna Fox Reed will be discussing ideas from Early Years Teaching and Learning in Doing Your Early Years Research Project, a SAGE Masterclass for early years students and practitioners in collaboration with Kathy Brodie.
Chapter 1: Getting Started - An Introduction to Leading Teaching and Learning in the Early Years
Chapter 2: A Principled Pedagogical Approach to Teaching and Learning in the Early Years
Chapter 3: Early Years Movers and Shakers
Chapter 4: Reflective Practice and Practice-Based Inquiry
Chapter 5: High-Quality Early Years Teaching and Learning
Chapter 6: Planning for Effective Teaching and Learning in the Early Years
Chapter 7: Communication, Language and Literacy in the Early Years
Chapter 8: Promoting Babies’ and Young Children’s Physical and Emotional Well-being
Chapter 9: Developing a Creative Approach to Teaching and Learning in the Early Years
Chapter 10: Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of All Babies and Young Children
Chapter 11: Responding to the Strengths and Needs of All Babies and Young Children
Chapter 12: Undertaking Wider Professional Responsibilities

Early Years Teaching and Learning is engaging and thought-provoking in content, format and style.  Very well-researched and presented, I feel confident that it will support and extend your professional learning and motivate you  to  reflect  deeply (and daily) on how best to support our youngest children to develop as confident, happy learners.


Whether you are new to the profession or are seeking to deepen and extend your knowledge, I wholeheartedly recommend this book to you.

Maureen Lee
Director of Early Years, Best Practice Network

A creative and comprehensive book for Early Years teachers and practitioners alike. The text is thoughtful and thought provoking, engaging the reader to develop a concrete understanding of teaching and learning in the Early Years. What is particularly welcoming is how the authors invite the reader to apply theory to practice through carefully crafted ideas giving a spring board for best practice.

Louise Atkins
Senior Lecturer in Early Years, and Early Years Teacher Status Programme Co-ordinator, University of Greenwich

This is an invaluable book for students, covering as it does all routes to early years teaching and providing students with all they need to know to achieve their Early Years qualification (Early Years Teacher Status, Teach First Early Years, Early Years Educator and Early Years PGCE). It is also valuable for current Early Years practitioners, ensuring they are up to date with latest thinking and practices....A very relevant and practical book for all concerned with Early Years provision.

Sarah Brew
Parents in Touch

...backed with case studies and examples of best practice, as well as points for both individual and staff team reflection, making this an excellent book not only for those studying for qualifications but also for anyone wanting to brush up on their knowledge.

Neil Henty

Informative useful text that the students can dip in and out of to support their submission

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
June 27, 2018

Denise Reardon

Denise Reardon is an established author who has been successfully involved in early years teaching, training and lecturing for over 30 years.  She has taught early years children in nurseries and schools and worked as a Local Authority Early Years Advisory Teacher. She has also been instrumental in leading a wide number of national early years initiatives and programmes spanning both further education (Canterbury and North-West Kent) and the higher education sector (Canterbury Christchurch University), She has successfully written and co-authored foundation, bachelors and Master degrees for early years teachers, educators and... More About Author

Dilys Wilson

Dilys Wilson has been involved in the early years sector for over 35 years, starting out in London as a teacher in early years settings and schools, before becoming a lecturer in a Further Education College teaching on courses for students training as early years practitioners. In this role, she was involved in reviewing and developing early years training programmes at levels 2, 3 and 4 to address the constantly shifting training and early years policy context. With the development of Early Years Professional Status in 2006/7 she moved to Middlesex University to lead the programme where she is currently the Early Years Initial Teacher... More About Author

Dympna Fox Reed

Dympna Fox Reed trained as a teacher in Belfast N. Ireland and taught in a variety of schools in the South East of England since 1969. Many years were spent as an innovative Reception Class teacher in the school where she was a Deputy Head.  She was seconded to become a part-time Early Years Teacher Advisor in East Sussex and did a Post Graduate Certificate in Early Years Education at the University of Brighton, focusing on Effective Leadership in the Foundation Stage. She helped to write and deliver a variety of training courses for East Sussex School Improvement Service. A year was spent working for a different Local Authority as an... More About Author

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