Early Childhood: A Guide for Students / Edition 2

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Designed for students on Early Years Foundation Degrees and Early Childhood courses, Early Years professionals and Teaching Assistants, this engaging text prodvides a comprehensive introduction to the field of early childhood.

Written and edited by experts in the field, the book clearly explains theory through illustrations of good practice, with case studies, reflective excercises, and suggestions for further reading. Additional case studies and reflective questions for student or lecturer's use can be found on the SAGE website.

Each chapter has been revised with an emphasis on encouraging reflective practice and there are new chapters on:

personal, social, and emotional development


health and safeguarding children.

This brand new edition has also been updated in light of the new Early Years Foundation Stage, and addresses the needs of students working towards Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the first edition:

'Because it includes new research and guidelines, the book's not just excellent for students but very useful for pre-school practitioners across the board. Highly recommended!' - SureStart Magazine

'[This book] is a very useful for pre-school practitioners, across the board, with useful case studies, illustrations of good practice and reflective exercises' - Early Years Educator

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848602243
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/20/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Tina Bruce CBE is an Honorary Visiting Professor in Early Childhood at the University of Roehampton.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Section 1 Yon and Your Learning 1

1 Managing yourself and your learning Sally Jaeckle 1

2 E-Learning: using ICT to support your professional development and children's learning Maureen Brookson Ruth Pimentel Paul Parslow-Williams 11

3 Doing practitioner research Guy Roberts-Holmes 24

Section 2 Working with Chidren 37

4 Meeting individual needs Vicky Hutchin 37

5 Theory, practice and context Tina Bruce 53

6 The learning environment: Creating a learning environment indoors and outdoors Marion Dowling 60

7 Practical projects: Birth to 5 years Jenny Spratt 66

Section 3 Understanding Child Development 71

8 Introducing child development Tony Bertram Chris Pascal 71

9 Birth to three Ann Langston Lesley Abbott 87

10 Understanding symbolic development Tina Bruce Adam Ockelford 105

Section 4 The Early Years Foundation Stage 119

11 Supporting children's development and learning Helen Moylett 119

12 Personal, social and emotional development Peter Elfer Julian Grenier 141

13 Communication, language and literacy Marian Whitehead Si?n Thompson 153

14 Children's mathematical development Elizabeth Carruthers Maulfry Worthington 165

15 Knowledge and understanding of the world Katrina Foley 180

16 Physical development Penny Greenland 188

17 Creative development Tina Bruce 193

18 a and b Diversity and inclusion: Inclusion and diversity 199

(Diversity and inclusion) (Inclusion and diversity) Kate Wall Tina Hyder Julie Jennings 212

Section 5 Key Stage 1 225

19 Supporting children's development and learning Kathy Goouch 225

20 Continuing the learning journey: Practical projects in Year 1 Tina Bruce 243

21 Key Stage 1 mathematics Elizabeth Carruthers Maulfry Worthington 249

22 Science at Key Stage 1 Jane Johnston 264

23 Key Stage 1 literacy Marian Whitehead Si?n Thompson 278

Section 6 Professional Development 289

24 Working as a teaching assistant Maureen Brookson 289

25 The early years professional status Maureen Brookson 301

26 Playwork Wendy Russell 312

27 Every child matters Sue Owen 325

28 Promoting child health and safeguarding children Carolyn Meggitt 337

Section 7 Leading and Managing 355

29 Leading and managing others Lesley Benson 355

30 Managing in context Jenny Spratt Karen Hingston 375

31 Developing and managing the professional role Janet Moyles Si?n Adams 391

References 403

Index 420

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