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The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage
Theory and Practice

Fifth Edition
Edited by:

448 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The revised fifth edition of The Early Years Foundation Stage has been fully updated to cover revised EYFS, revised Development Matters and policy shifts in the sector.

New to the book:

·       Brand new chapters on the Rights of the Child, Children’s Development & Learning Theories and Planning.

·       New content on diversity and inclusion throughout all chapters.

·       New and updated case studies throughout the book, including international cases.

·       Additions to chapters on children’s mental health, climate crisis and working with children post-pandemic.


This market-leading textbook is an essential guide for students, helping them to develop an understanding of the EYFS curriculum, and encouraging a critical view of the theory and policy behind it to strengthen their practice.

Trevor Male and Ioanna Palaiologou
1 Historical Developments in Policy for Early Childhood Education and Care
Nyree Nicholson and Ioanna Palaiologou
2 The Early Years Foundation Stage
Ioanna Palaiologou, Glenda Walsh, Lorna Arnott, Deirdre Grogan, Jane Waters-Davies, Natalie Macdonald Annete Kearns and Marie MacLaughlin
3 The National Picture
Mallika Kanyal and Michelle Wisbey
4 Children’s Rights
Theodora Papatheodorou
5 The International Perspective of Early Childhood Education and Care
Nyree Nicholson
6 The Issue of Professionalism
Theodora Papatheodorou
7 Pedagogy in Practice
Michelle Bugby and David Meechan
8 Planning
Mary-Louise Maynes
9 Play
Lorna Arnott and Ioanna Palaiologou
10 Playful Learning with Technologies
Paulette Luff and Courtney Mcallister
11 Observations: Recording and Analysis
Julian Grenier
12 Assessment
Elisabetta Biffi, Franca Zuccoli and Lucia Carriera
13 Pedagogical Documentation
Ioanna Palaiologou and Angie Hutchinson
14 Transitions
Maria Tsapali
15 Child Development: The psychological perspective
Tanya Richardson
16 Communication and Language
Ioanna Palaiologou
17 Physical Development
Ioanna Palaiologou
18 Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Helen Bradford
19 Literacy
Zoi Nikiforidou
20 Mathematics
Nicky Hirst and Aisling Culshaw
21 Understanding the World
Simon Brownhill
22 Expressive Arts and Design
Eleanor Kitto and Lizbeth Bullough
23 Reflective Practice
Teresa Wilson
24 Partnerships
Zoi Nikiforidou and Clionagh Boyle
25 Safeguarding
Jackie Musgrave
26 Children’s Health and Well-being
Alex Owen
27 Inclusion
Trevor Male and Amanda Ince
28 Leadership

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