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Early Years Foundations: Meeting the Challenge / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
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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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
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
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