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Provision and Progress for Two Year Olds

Provision and Progress for Two Year Olds

March 2014 | 112 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

‘The number of two-year-olds entering our settings has been increasing over the last few years, and with the government set to continue with the expansion of free places, more and more practitioners will be caring for children in this age range for the first time. For those who still think in terms of the 'terrible twos', this book serves as a vital and urgent wake-up call. Whether experienced professional or someone starting out on an early years career, it has a great deal to recommend it. ‘
– Neil Henty, Editor and Associate Publisher, The Early Years Educator

Do you want to know how best to provide for two year olds in your setting? Do you need effective guidance and advice on how to achieve this?

This is an unmissable guide to working with two year olds, offering practical tips and tools to support practitioners, professionals and lecturers in meeting the unique set of needs of this age group.

Written by two experienced early years’ professionals this resource covers all aspects of provision and best practice for successfully working with two year olds, including key concerns such as:

  • the completion of the Two Year Progress Check
  • transitions into a setting
  • child development
  • formative and summative assessment
  • effective learning environments
  • working with parents.

All this plus charts, pro forma, activities and training materials as well as further reading and access to websites, providing you with all you need to respond to the needs of two year olds with confidence.

Chris Dukes and Maggie Smith ( are both Area SENCOs in London and experienced trainers and authors in the Early Years.

Preface: Terrific Two Year Olds!
Chapter 1: Successful Transitions
Chapter 2: An Environment for Learning
Chapter 3: Communication and Language Development
Chapter 4: Physical Development
Chapter 5: Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Chapter 6: Dealing with Feelings
Chapter 7: Checking Progress at Two Years Old

An accessible and readable book with practice examples about provision for very young children. A timely book.

Dr Elaine Hallet
Early Years and Primary Education, Institute of Education
October 6, 2014

The course has finished and will not be run again here but i have adopted for the new Early Years educator qualification.

Ms Lisa Oneill
Education , City College Norwich
August 20, 2014

This is a useful guide for anyone new to the early years practitioner role, as it clearly outlines what development might be considered typical in young children of this age. Reference to theory-based reading is identified, which is welcomed for students undertaking academic study, however this book could have been further enhanced if this underpinning theory was woven into the actual text of the book, making it more appropriate as a resource for undergraduates. Whether an experienced professional or someone starting out on an early year’s career it is a good read which is recommended. This literature is particularly good for students who are thinking about progressing onto the Early Years Teacher status qualification.

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Metro Univ.
July 16, 2014

A useful text for those working with children under 2 years of age.

June 24, 2014

This is a useful guide for novice practitioners regarding what development might be considered typical in young children. However, whilst plenty of additional, more theory-based reading is identified, there is little underpinning theory woven into the actual text, making it more suitable as a supplementary resource of undergraduates rather than a recommended one.

Mrs Mary Dyer
Education and Professional Development, Huddersfield University
June 2, 2014

EXtremely useful overview with some good checklists.

Mrs Jennie Vitkovitch
Speech , Univ. of East Anglia
May 27, 2014

Particularly good for students who are thinking about progressing onto the Early Years Teacher status qualification.

Mrs Janice Grinstead
School of Health, Natural & Social Sci, Sunderland University
May 12, 2014

Very interesting book which could be used for level 2 and 3 learners.

Mrs Kerry Clayton
Early Years Dept, Hopwood Hall College
May 6, 2014

Much needed guidance,

Mrs Louise Wormwell
Department of Education, Newman Univ.
April 10, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2: An Environment for Learning

Chris Dukes

Chris Dukes is a qualified teacher with over 20 years’ experience. She has worked in various London primary schools as a class teacher and also as a member of the Senior Management Team. Chris has a Master’s degree in Special Needs and through her later role as a Special Needs Co-ordinator and Support Teacher, many years’ experience of working with children with additional needs. Chris has worked closely, mentoring, advising and supervising staff teams to work with young children as well as with other education and health professionals. She currently works part time as an Area SENCO supporting Special Needs Co-ordinators and managers in a... More About Author

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith began her career as a nursery teacher in Birmingham. She has worked as a peripatetic teacher for an under-5’s EAL Team and went on to become the Foundation Stage manager of an Early Years Unit in inner London. Maggie helped to set up an innovative unit for young children with behavioural difficulties and has also worked supporting families of children with special needs. She has taught on Early Years BTEC and CACHE courses at a college of higher education. Maggie currently works part time as an Area SENCO supporting Special Needs Co-ordinators and managers in a range of early year’s settings. She is also one half of ... More About Author

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