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The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage
Theory and Practice

Second Edition
Edited by:

January 2013 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

'When I showed my inspection copy to the Foundation Degree Programme Director, she said it was the whole programme in a nutshell' - Denise Reardon, Senior Lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University

The Early Years Foundation Stage has been praised by academics and students for its theoretical underpinning and practical case studies. In the light of the revised EYFS, the new edition combines a comprehensive range of topics, up to date coverage of the EYFS curriculum, additional case studies, an increased focus on critical reflection, and access to free journal articles relating to key topics. It is an ideal resource for students undertaking any Early Years or Early Childhood Studies courses, or those working toward the Early Years Teacher qualification.

This second edition introduces new chapters on:

  • Historical developments in early years educational policy
  • Implementation of EYFS
  • Play-based learning
  • Observational recordings and analysis in the EYFS
  • Working in partnership with parents
  • Safeguarding children
  • Children's health
  • Inclusion in the early years
  • Leadership
  • Literacy.

Outstanding Learning Features:

  • Up to date coverage of revised EYFS
  • New two-colour layout makes the book user-friendly and easy to navigate
  • Chapter aims identify what each chapter will cover at a glance
  • Case studies in each chapter help you to link theory to practice
  • Further reading directs you to external resources to deepen your understanding
  • Reflection tesks help you reflect on how the chapter can be applied to your personal and professional development.
Trevor Male and Ioanna Palaiologou
Historical Developments in Policy for Early Years Education and Care
Ioanna Palaiologou and Trevor Male
The Implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage
Ioanna Palaiologou, Glenda Walsh, Sarah MacQuarrie, Jane Waters, Elizabeth Dunphy
The National Picture
Theodora Papatheodorou and Donna Potts
Pedagogy of Early Years
Chantelle Haughton and Cheryl Ellis
Play in Early Years Foundation Stage
Paulette Luff
Observations: Recording and Analysis in Early Years Foundation Stage
Sally Howard, Laura Harkin, Angie Hutchinson, Ioanna Palaiologou
Assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage
David Coates and Wendy Thompson
Using Learning Stories in The Early Years Foundation Stage
Ioanna Palaiologou
Effective Transitions into and out of the Early Years Foundation Stage
Wendy Thompson
Meeting EYFS Outcomes Outside of the Early Years Setting
Anna Knowles
Working in Partnership with Parents
Jane Arnott
Working together to Safeguard Children
Jane Arnott
Children's Health
Alison Murphy
Inclusion in the Early Years
Trevor Male
Leadership in the Early Years Education Foundation Stage
John Bennett and Ioanna Palaiologou
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Claire Head
Communication and Language
Claire Head and Ioanna Palaiologou
David Needham
Gary Beauchamp
Understanding the World
Ioanna Palaiologou
Physical Development
Nick Owen, Laura Grindley and Michiko Fujii
Creative Development

'When I showed my inspection copy to the Foundation degree Programme Director, she said it was the whole programme in a nutshell'
- Denise Reardon, Senior Lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University

'This is particularly useful now that so much of the guidance that supported the original version of the EYFS framework has been archived and is harder to access'

Early Years Update

Useful book for undergraduate early years students

Miss Lorna Wardle
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
June 12, 2015

This book is on our recommended reading list for children's learning and development. The first years have found it especially useful for explaining theory and linking this to practice, which they have to do as part of their assignment.

Miss Anna Blackett
Education , City College Norwich
March 12, 2015

I have recommended this book to students who are attending a module about the changing curriculum. This book has a wealth of information to support students in developing their understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The structure, for example use of headings and activities, make it accessible for students who are likely to seek out specific chapters/ subjects.

Mrs Debra Laxton
Childhood Studies Early Years, Chichester University
November 27, 2014

this book will be essential for students on new child care course to understand the early years foundation stage

Mrs Sue Kinsella
Child Studies, York College
July 9, 2014

An essential text for final year and post graduate students

Mrs Jo Albin-Clark
Faculty of Education (Ormskirk), Edge Hill Univ.
July 8, 2014

useful for students doing projects on topics linked to Early Years

Ms Jill Wallis
Education Department, Bedfordshire Univ.
July 3, 2014

A brilliant overview of the EYFS, definitely recommended reading for a level 3 in children and young peoples workforce

Mrs Liz Tomlin
Early years, Adult Education Centre
February 12, 2014

good coverage of principles

Mr Freda Rockliffe
School of Education, Roehampton University
January 29, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1- Challenges of Early Years leadership preparation

Chapter 1: Professional Development in Early Childhood Intervention

Chapter 1: Time to Get Down to Business?

Chapter 2: Becoming professional? Exploring Early Years Professional Status and

Chapter 2: The Consequences of Experimentalism in Formulating Recommendations fo

Chapter 2: International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education

Chapter 3: Forging a ‘neoliberal pedagogy’: The ‘enterprising education’ agenda

Chapter 3: The marketisation of care: Rationales and consequences in Nordic and

Chapter 3: Becoming professional? Exploring Early Years Professional Status and

Chapter 4: Space for toddlers in the guidelines and curricula for early childhoo

Chapter 4: Early childhood and care in England: when pedagogy is wed to politics

Chapter 4: Shifting from Developmental to Postmodern Practices in Early Childhoo

Chapter 5: Preschool and Playway in India

Chapter 5: How children make meaning through drawing and play

Chapter 5: ‘it tickles in my tummy!’: understanding children’s risk-taking in pl

Chapter 6: researching with children: ethical tensions

Chapter 6: Naked by the Pool? Blurring the Image? Ethical Issues in the Portraya

Chapter 6: The Novice Researcher: Interviewing Young Children

Chapter 7: Using Foundation Stage Profile Assessments To Assess Outcomes From Ea

Chapter 7: Quality Assessment of Early Years Education: Introduction

Chapter 7: • Identifying Instructional Targets for Early Childhood via Authentic

Chapter 8: Assessment in early childhood settings: Learning stories

Chapter 8: Learner Identities in Early Education - Sample Chapter from Learning

Chapter 9: Head start children’s transition to kindergarten: evidence from the e

Chapter 9: Early Education, children's Lives, and the Transition from Home to Sc

Chapter 9: Economically Disadvantaged Children’s Transitions Into Elementary Sch

Chapter 10: Museums and Childhood: Negotiating Organizational Lessons

Chapter 10: Parents' Viewpoints Concerning the Value of Preschool Summer Camps

Chapter 11: Transforming professionalism: Relational bureaucracy and parent-teac

Chapter 11: Establishing Friendships in Early Childhood Inclusive Settings: What

Chapter 11: Young children’s arithmetic strategies in social context: How parent

Chapter 12: Safeguarding Our Nation’s Children: The Diagnosis, Management, and C

Chapter 12: The role of school psychologists in child protection and safeguardin

Chapter 12: . Parenting in Violent Neighborhoods: African American Fathers Share

Chapter 13: Research and the organisation of complex provision: conceptualising

Chapter 13: Balancing Rights and Risk: The Impact of Health and Safety Regulatio

Chapter 13: Boys and their teeth: A qualitative investigation of boys’ oral heal

Chapter 14: Special Educational Needs and Inclusion: Multiple Perspectives of Pr

Chapter 14: Where are the Men? Gender Segregation in the Childcare and Early Yea

Chapter 14: Transforming Teacher Preparation in Early Childhood Education: Movin

Chapter 15: Leading and Managing in the Early Years: A Study of the Impact of a

Chapter 15: Challenges of Early Years leadership preparation: a comparison betwe

Chapter 15: Turn-around pedagogies: improving the education of at-risk students

Chapter 16: Musical narratives: A study of a young child’s identity work in and

Chapter 16: Understanding early childhood leadership: Emerging competencies in t

Chapter 16: Friendships in Early Childhood, and Social Understanding

Chapter 17: Interview stories: Early years practitioners' experiences with child

Chapter 17: The development of other-related conversational skills: A case study

Chapter 17: Vocabulary acquisition in young children: The role of the story

Chapter 18: Promoting language and literacy skills in the early years: lessons f

Chapter 18: The Impact of Professional Development and Coaching on Early Languag

Chapter 18: Dylan’s Routes to Literacy: the First Three Years with Picture Books

Chapter 19: Content Analysis of Children’s Mathematics Proficiency

Chapter 19: The Effects of Test Translation on Young English Learners’ Mathemati

Chapter 19: The Credible Shrinking Room: Very Young Children's Performance With

Chapter 20: Education, Citizenship and Social Justice

Chapter 20: From Everyday to Scientific Observation: How Children Learn to Obser

Chapter 20: Book review: Contemporary Perspectives on Science and Technology in

Chapter 21: Dental Composites and Amalgam and Physical Development in Children

Chapter 21: Effects of Teacher-Encouraged Physical Activity on Preschool Playgro

Chapter 21: Introduction from Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood Educa

Chapter 22: Listening to children with communication impairment talking through

Chapter 22: Book Review: Wright, Susan. Understanding creativity in early childh

Chapter 22: Creative abilities in early childhood

Chapter One: Historical Developments in Policy for Early Years Education

Ioanna Palaiologou

Dr. Ioanna Palaiologou CPsychol AFBPsS is an Academic Associate at the UCL Institute of Education. She is also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society with a specialism in child development and learning theories. Her research interests focus on ethics, child development, the role of digital technologies and implications on pedagogy.  More About Author

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