'The book gives excellent insight of current Early Years topics by covering international educational approaches and discussing the need to professionalise the sector. It is suitable for students on Early Childhood Studies programme, EYPS, and Early Years Foundation Degrees.' - Eva Mikuska, Senior Lecturer at University of Chichester, MA, EYPS, and Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood
By examining how young children develop and learn from conception through to the age of eight, this book explores ways to enhance professional practice in the early years.
- Child development (including recent research into cognitive development of babies)
- The child in the socio-cultural context
- International educational approaches
- The developing professional.
- Key learning points identify at a glance what each chapter will cover
- Case studies help you link theory to practice
- Reflective activities help you reflect on how to apply ideas to practice
- Further reading directs you to additional resources to deepen your understanding.
Illustrated with examples of practice from a range of settings, this accessible text is essential reading for all those studying on Early Years, Early Childhood Studies and Early Years Education and Care courses.
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About the Author Acknowledgements PART ONE: CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING Introduction Development from Conception to Three: New Understanding Play as Active Learning Play and Risk Creative Approaches to Teaching and Learning: 'Kodaly' Creative Approaches to Teaching and Learning -'Transient Art' PART TWO: THE CHILD IN THE SOCIOCULTURAL CONTEXT Introduction The Impact of Changes in Family Structure The Role of the Parent in the 21st Century The Role of the Community in Childcare and Education The Place of the School in the 21st Century The Place of Technology in Early Years Care and Education PART THREE: INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL APPROACHES Introduction Practice and Provision for Children 0 - 8 in Sweden Practice and Provision in Reggio Emilia Practice and Provision in New Zealand: Te Whariki High Scope An Approach to Experiential Education: Ferre Laevers PART FOUR: THE DEVELOPING PROFESSIONAL Introduction Concepts and Status of Early Years Professionalism Inter-Professional Practice The Practicing Professional as Researcher Working in a Team The Issue of Professional Autonomy Index