In this engaging guide, the authors identify and disseminate good practice relating to language, culture and identity. They explore how children from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds are supported through a number of pedagogical practices which are based on knowledge and understanding of the social and emotional development of young children.
Topics covered include:
- Perspectives on personal, social and emotional development
- Maintaining home languages in early years settings
- Supporting communication and oracy
- Developing strategies for parental involvement
Essential reading for those working with young children from a diverse range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
Toezun Issa is Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University, UK, where he is Director of the Centre for Multilingualism in Education. Alison Hatt was, until recently, Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University, UK.
Introduction 1. The Early Years Foundation Stage: Historical Context and Recent Developments 2. Minority Education: Developments in Britain 3. Setting the Context: Historical Perspectives on Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Early Years Foundation Stage 4. Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Exploring Language, Culture and Identity 5. Multilingualism: Key Issues and Debates 6. First and Subsequent Language Acquisition: Key Issues and Debates 7. Home Languages and Supporting the Development of Purposeful Talk in Early Years Setting 8. Supporting Children's Language Development: The Role of Parents, Carers and Other Adults 9. The Development of Communication and Oracy 10. Making the Transition to Reception Classes in Primary Schools 11. Conclusions and Recommendations References Index