This is an exciting new edition of a core text that draws on a range of interwoven themes within the field of early childhood studies, clearly showing how these themes are reflected and played out in different contexts.
The topic of play is fundamental to understanding how children grow and learn. Play in Early Childhood Education Second Edition is an essential introduction to the theories behind this play and how it relates to children's development and learning. It enables students and educators to understand the complex learning theories, professional practice and selected government policies that focus on children's play and early learning. This user-friendly text also tackles the rapidly changing contexts where children are raised and educated, demonstrating diverse approaches to play-based learning and considering new insights and possibilities.Features: Includes a wide range of real life case examples; teaching examples; and reflections covering the birth to 8 years age range to illustrate theory in practiceExpert author team of early childhood academicsCross-cultural contexts - examines the power of play in facilitating young children's development and learning in many diverse contexts including Australia, Cambodia, Finland, Tanzania, Singapore and Hong Kong. New to this edition: Revised to take account of recent significant national policy changes in early childhood in Australia (and in other selected countries) which focus on the interpretation and implementation of Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standard - students will see direct links between play and these policy documents.Chapters have been re-organised and re-named to better match course content and to assist students' navigation, and understanding of key topic areas, including: developing early childhood curriculumassessing children including the use of learning storiesinquiry based learningICT and its use with young childrenfacilitating leadership in young childrenworking with infants and toddlersplay
Presents an account of how thinking and language develop during childhood. This book features a structure that is developmental - progresses from infancy through childhood to adolescence. It also considers language and cognition alongside each other.
This best-selling book has been completely revised to provide a fully up-to-date guide on observation and assessment. Packed with examples of observation techniques, and documented examples, this is the only book students will need to build the skills required by the professional childcare practitioner.
Are you a new SENCO? Are you a busy SENCO juggling your SEN role with your existing job? Could you use some time-saving ideas and practical advice? Starting with a look at the role and responsibilities of a SENCO, this book covers different areas of the job from supporting children and colleagues to working with parents and outside agencies.
Effective leadership is essential in settings such as nurseries and day care centres. This book offers a look at the many different models of EC leadership and different types of settings in which EC leadership operates. It investigates the types of leadership programmes or development required to maximise the effectiveness of EC leaders.
This book provides brief biographies of 20 key pioneers in education and critical insights into their work. Imagined conversations between these key figures help readers understand the concepts and how developments in the past have led to present thinking and practice.
This book meets the needs of a diverse workforce by offering tried and tested examples of practice and case studies of experience as well as providing an accessible summary of research into the learning and development of young children
This book helps early years students and practitioners gain an understanding of issues relating to children's health, examining possible ways in which health can impact upon young children's early childhood education and care.
Making schemas understandable to those working with or looking after young children, this book describes schematic behaviours with case studies and provides ideas of how to use this information to extend children's learning and development.
This fully updated expanded book explains how to use the Mosaic approach, a practice that instils the importance of listening to children's life experiences. It shows how to use it in a variety of settings, outlines the future directions of the approach, offers case studies and also covers working with vulnerable children.
Presents an account of the understandings of children's emotional development. This book integrates the research findings from areas such as attachment theory, neuroscience and developmental psychology. It looks at key developmental stages, from life in the womb to the pre-school years and right up until adolescence.
The foundation stage has a fundamental role in the laying of foundations for children's learning. In this new edition, the author uses a wide range of material, including research evidence, to offer an additional dimension to work currently taking place in the foundation stage.
By offering practitioners working in a variety of early years settings the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills, this book builds on the increased government interest in and support for early years provision.
A look at the ideas of five educational theorists in relation to early childhood care. An easy-to-learn overview of the theorist opens each chapter. The author then distills the theorists work to reveal how it relates to child care and children."
Designed to be of help to all trainee and qualified teachers working within the Foundation Stage, this title should help to identify strengths and areas for further development. A mixture of theory and practical tasks should help you to attain QTS, and develop your skills as a practitioner.
Developing fine motor skills is a key feature in learning to read and write. Many children need additional help to develop these skills in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Little Book of Fine Motor Skills gives you lots of ideas for interesting activities focused on hand/eye coordination.
Why is it that, when children play, some behave like butterflies,flitting around among the flowers of the activities on offer, landingfor a moment before moving on to the next attractive flower (activity)while others behave with the single minded concentration of bees?
An easy-to-read and practical guide for early years professionals on how to discuss gender diversity and sexuality with very young children, looking at ways to include new practice while extending successful current practice.
The Government has drawn up Early Learning Goals for 3-5 year olds, setting a Foundation stage to curriculum. This book presents key ideas and best practice for child care students in the light of Early Learning Goals, showing how to encourage children's learning through play.
Intended for child care students, this work places emphasis on social policy, in line with many Early Years and Playwork qualifications. It includes information on the National Childcare Strategy and other government initiatives, including Sure Start, New Deal, and Early Learning Goals.
An exploration of how the brain, develops throughout our lives, this work shows us how brains are highly social organisms. It illustrates how the architecture and development of brain systems - from before birth through adulthood - determine how we interact with others.
Combines theoretical approaches to thinking skills with real-life observations of young children. This work provides insights from the disciplines of neuroscience and psychology to help classroom activities become useful. It is intended for those looking to understand young children's thinking.
Taking a child-centred view of education and learning, this book offers a multidisciplinary exploration of childhood that shows how children make sense of the world through everything they come into contact with, and all their interactions.
Childhood is a brand new series, co-published with the Open University which represents a coherent and integrated treatment to a wide range of topics and approaches. The first volume, Understanding Childhood, asks 'What is a child?' and introduces a range of perspectives within childhood and youth studies.
Written specifically for the CACHE Level 3 in Child Care and Education qualification, this indispensable book covers all of the mandatory and five optional units. Fully updated to cover the age range of 0-16 years, this book encourages the practical application of knowledge and helps students to develop their professional skills.
The UK Government's publication of "All our Futures: Culture, Creativity and Education" has started a discussion about fostering This examination offers a guide to issues of practice, pedagogy and policy concerned with creative eduction.