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Special Needs and Early Years

Special Needs and Early Years
A Practitioner Guide

Third Edition

December 2010 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In the third edition of this respected and influential textbook, Kate Wall blends theory and practice with an informative and highly accessible writing style to provide a detailed analysis of provision for young children with additional needs.

New to this edition are:

  • up-to-date information on all the relevant policies and legislation, including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Every Child Matters (ECM) and the training guidelines for new SENCOs;

  • a timeline showing the development of policies and legislation in the field;

  • learning objectives at the beginning of chapters;

  • points for reflection, to aid independent study and facilitate critical thinking;

  • new case studies, covering the Birth to 8 age range;

  • new content on the role of fathers, pupil voice and listening to children, taking an holistic view of the child, and current issues around diversity and inclusion.

This book is essential reading for early years students and practitioners, and for all those working with young children with special educational needs and their families.

Legislation and Policy
Families of Children with Special Needs
Partnerships with Parents
Responding to the Affective Needs of Young Children
Observation and Assessment
Programmes of Intervention
Interagency Working
Inclusive Education for Young Children
Key Issues for Consideration

'This book is highly recommended for anyone looking to expand their working knowledge of special education needs and the policy that covers and guides practice; it will prove invaluable for any student wishing to become better acquainted with the complex issues that surround this subject' -
Early Years Educator

'This wide-ranging and theoretically grounded update of a key text is extremely user-friendly for both academics and students wishing to gain an insight into the impact of Special Needs within the widening early years workforce' -
Julia Druce, Senior Lecturer and Pathway Leader for Early Years, Playwork and Education,
Anglia Ruskin University

Additional reading for SEND with up to date revisions

Faculty Of Education (Ormskirk), Edge Hill University
January 26, 2023

Insightful information which allows the learners to engage with content

Ms liz major
Health Education and Care Department, West Herts College
February 17, 2020

A detailed yet accessible text covering guidance for practitioners working with children with special needs in early years settings. Clear summaries provided of key issues with well-written case studies to illustrate theory in practice.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
February 13, 2018

This book is an excellent resource and essential reading for early years students and practitioners, and for all professionals working with children with additional needs and their families. The new edition contains excellent and diverse case studies to support application of learning to practice.

Dr Niamh Gallagher
Social Science , Sligo Institute of Technology
June 18, 2016

I have used this text for my Children with Specific Needs module. We struggle to find relevant books for the course but students comment that this is a useful text.

Miss Nicola Wilson
Earty Years, Exeter College
June 12, 2015

This text has been suggested to many of our students who are studying for their qualification as special educational needs coordinators.

Julian Brown
School of Education (Park Campus), Northampton University
May 21, 2015

This book provided some useful supplementary reading for our students who were looking at working with younger children. It was practice based an therefore will be useful for students after this course.

Dr Austin Griffiths
Division of Youth & Community, De Montfort University
May 20, 2015

Detailed timeline of SEN development over the last few years, ideal for students studying an education degree.

Miss Rebecca Bolan
Dept of Psychology, Kingston University
December 5, 2014

This book will be useful for some learners who suport children with special needs.

Miss Kerry Groves
Early Years, Norfolk Adult Education
November 5, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Legislation and policy

Kate Wall

Kate had over twenty years experience as an early years practitioner working with young children with special needs and their families before moving into HE in 1999. She was the Programme Director of the Early Childhood Studies degree programmes in her previous post. Kate has written several books on special needs along with many articles and has presented at National and International conferences. She is currently a member of the National Early Years Advisory Board within NASEN (National Association of Special Educational Needs). More About Author

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