What are the new benchmarks for the future in good early years' provision? What should children and parents expect from practice given recent research evidence on how young children thrive?
Developing and managing early years provision has changed significantly over the last few years. Parental expectations, policy creep, bureaucracy overload, inadequate training, a litigious climate, over-dependence on screens, traffic danger and child protection anxiety are among the many challenges now faced by early years providers. This timely new book explores the key issues faced by settings and what they mean for early years practice.
Looking at the real evidence around children's learning and wellbeing, parental preference and social trends, the book covers:
Neuro-scientific research into the way children learn
What parents know and expect
The indoor and outdoor environment
The risk/benefit equation
Nutrition, health and exercise
Drawing on examples of outstanding practice from a wide range of settings, this exciting new book will help practitioners reach beyond what is expected and provide the very best for the children in their care.
Susan Hay was previously Executive Director Europe for Bright Horizons Family Solutions, an international group of nurseries operating in the US, the UK, Canada and Ireland. She is currently a freelance consultant.
Part One: Children now 1. What nurseries recognise in young children 2. What parents know and expect 3. Early school life 4. Respecting research Part Two: Service values and making them visible 5. Children's wellbeing 6. The indoor environment 7. The outdoor environment Part Three: Children and adults 8. Adult attention 9. Adult intervention 10. Public policy