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Reflective Practice in the Early Years

Reflective Practice in the Early Years

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October 2009 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Written for anyone working in the field of early years education and care, this book encourages students and practitioners to consider their own practice and to examine practice in a wide range of early years settings. The four sections link closely to the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and support the reader in developing a critical and reflective approach to their own work.

Issues covered include:

  • Play in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in England
  • The Foundation Phase in Wales
  • Safeguarding children
  • The healthy child
  • Leading a team at a Children's CenteR
  • How caregivers are working with the EYFS
  • Leading and managing a multi-agency workforce
  • Continuing Professional Development for early years practitioners

Ideal for those working towards Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), this book is also a must-read for students on any early years course, and will help the professional development of all practitioners working with the Birth to Eight age range.

Michael Reed and Natalie Canning
Karen Appleby
Reflective Thinking; Reflective Practice
Natalie Canning
Play in the Early Years Foundation Stage
Linda Tyler
21st Century Digital Technology and Children's Learning
Michael Reed and Alison Morrell
Policy to Practice in Wales
Claire Majella Richards
Safeguarding Children: Every Child Matters so Everybody Matters!
Mandy Andrews and Kate Fowler
A Healthy Child - Direction, Deficit or Diversity?
Michael Reed
Children's Centres and Children's Services?
Rosie Walker
Working Together at a Children's Centre
Wendy Messenger
Managing Multi-Agency Working
Victoria Cooper
Distance Learning and Professional Development
Rory McDowall Clark and Sue Baylis
Early Years Professionals: Leading for Change
Alison Jackson
Defining and Measuring Quality in Early Years Settings
Sue Callan
From Experienced Practitioner to Reflective Professional
Michael Reed and Natalie Canning
Michael Reed and Natalie Canning
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'This well edited book illustrates the importance of reflective practice in the early years through consideration of many contemporary issues and will be of interest to Childhood Studies and EYPS students as well as, practitioners and University tutors. The inclusion of many practical examples enables readers to make links between theory and practice, to examine their own practice and emphasises the powerful learning undertaken through considered reflection' - Sue Kay-Flowers, Senior Lecturer, Liverpool Hope University

Higher level than needed

Miss Jenna J Webb
September 23, 2021

This is great for reflecting on your own practice but this also gave elements that can be taken to the classroom so pass on for students to also reflect on practice when studying the early years course

Miss Jenna J Webb
September 6, 2020

An excellent publication which gives the reader an insight into the importance of reflection and the benefits it has for children and the practitioner.

Mrs leanne Hall
International & Continuing Education, Tyne Metropolitan College
May 2, 2019

An easy to read, relevant text to support students with their reflections in practice

Ms Fay Albans-Ross
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
August 16, 2016

Reed's book on reflective practice in early years is an essential read for students studying childcare programmes at level 3 and above. The book explores concepts of reflective practice and the impact of this in practice. An interesting and informative read which is fully recommended to students and teachers alike who work with children.

HESC Office, Barnet College
July 6, 2015

This book is essential for the level 3 EYE course as it has all the relevant information related to observing children in an early years setting. The book is designed at a good level and links made to EYFS very well.

Mrs Kerry Clayton
Childcare, The Maltings College
May 14, 2015

A comprehensive, useful book.

Mrs Gail Parker
SWWCTE, University of Wales, Trinity St David
April 29, 2015

Reflection not always easy to do honestly, this book helps to show the way and enable the reader develop the skills needed to reflect honestly and to support others. case studies enable the reader to view others points of view and to link placement and practice in a 'reflective' way.

Ms Lisa Oneill
Education , City College Norwich
February 9, 2015

A very user-friendly book which covers many aspects of reflective practice and a variety of perspectives

Mrs Angela Hodgkins
Institute Of Education, Worcester University
July 31, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter One

Michael Reed

Michael Reed is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Early Childhood, within the Institute of Education at the University of Worcester. He teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses related to child development, practice based research and leadership.  He is a qualified teacher and hold advanced qualifications in Educational Inquiry, Educational Psychology and Special Education.  He was a member of course development and writing teams at the Open University and an experienced author. He has a particular interest in practice based inquiry and research evaluating ways to improve quality in practice. He has co-edited a number... More About Author

Natalie Canning

Natalie Canning is a Lecturer in Education – Early Years at The Open University. Her background is in playwork and social work, particularly in supporting children to explore personal, social and emotional issues through play. She has published a number of articles relating to professional development and the early years and has presented at national and European conferences. Her main research is in the area of children’s empowerment in play and she is currently involved in research on developing children as autonomous learners. She has taught across a variety of Early Childhood undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. More About Author

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