Early Years Foundations: Meeting the Challenge / Edition 1

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With so many challenges facing early years professionals, there are continual dilemmas arising between doing what one knows is essentially ‘right’ for birth-to-five-year-olds from all backgrounds and conforming to the demands made by government and policy makers. This exciting and original book supports practitioners in thinking through their roles to meet some of the many issues they encounter.

Using the new Early Years Foundation Stage principles as its framework, the contributors support early years professionals in dealing with issues and challenges in a sensitive and professional manner, with particular emphasis upon the need for practitioners to personalise the requirements for each child in their care and to reflect closely upon their own and children’s experiences.

The writers are all experienced and avid early years advocates. Their topics include: the changing landscape of early childhood, culture, identity and diversity, supporting playful learning, outdoor learning, documenting children’s experiences, developing independence in learning, the meaning of being creative, play and mark-making in maths, and literacy.

Each section is introduced with some background research and information to provide evidence and guidance upon which practitioners can make their own decisions. Individual chapters include questions for reflection, points for discussion and suggestions for additional reading.

Early Years Foundations: Meeting the Challenge is essential reading for the full range of practitioners working and playing with birth-to-five-year-olds.

Contributors: Deborah Albon, Pat Broadhead, Liz Brooker, Naima Browne, Elizabeth Carruthers, Tricia David, Dan Davies, Jackie Eyles, Hilary Fabian, Rose Griffiths, Alan Howe, Paulette Luff, Rod Parker-Rees, Theodora Papatheodorou, Emmie Short, David Whitebread, Marian Whitehead and Maulfry Worthington.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335223497
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Moyles is Emeritus Professor of Education at Anglia Ruskin University and an early years/primary specialist and consultant, particularly in the areas of play, learning and practitioner research. Her books include Just Playing?, The Excellence of Play, Interactive Teaching in the Primary School; Images of Violence and Effective Leadership and Management in the Early Years.
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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors     ix
Introduction   Janet Moyles     3
Changing the landscape of early childhood   Liz Brooker     7
A Unique Child
Introduction to Section One   Janet Moyles     23
Primary communication: what can adults learn from babies?   Rod Parker-Rees     27
Difference, culture and diversity: challenges, responsibilities and opportunities   Theodora Papatheodorou     40
Identity and children as learners   Naima Browne     58
Positive Relationships
Introduction to Section Two   Janet Moyles     75
Working together to support playful learning and transition   Pat Broadhead     79
Somebody else's business: a parent's view of childhood   Emmie Short     92
Coping with bereavement   Rose Griffiths     105
Vision, mission, method: challenges and issues in developing the role of the early years mentor teacher   Jackie Eyles     121
Birth to three: the need for a loving and educated workforce   Tricia David     140
Enabling Environments
Introduction to Section Three   Janet Moyles     155
The challenges of starting school   Hilary Fabian     159
Children's outdoor experiences: a sense of adventure?   Elizabeth Carruthers     173
Written observations or walks in the park? Documenting children's experiences   Paulette Luff     185
Food for thought: the importance of food and eating in early childhood practice   Deborah Albon     197
Learning and Development
Introduction to Section Four   Janet Moyles     215
Developing independence in learning   David Whitebread     220
What does it mean to be creative?   Dan Davies   Alan Howe     239
Multi-modality, play and children's mark-making in maths   Maulfry Worthington     253
'Hi, Granny! I'm writing a novel.' Literacy in early childhood: joys, issues and challenges   Marian Whitehead     270
Endpiece   Janet Moyles     282
The scope of the book     283
Index     287
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