`The number of two-year-olds entering our settings has been increasing over the last few years, and with the government set to continue with the expansion of free places, more and more practitioners will be caring for children in this age range for the first time. For those who still think in terms of the 'terrible twos', this book serves as a vital and urgent wake-up call. Whether experienced professional or someone starting out on an early years career, it has a great deal to recommend it. `
- Neil Henty, Editor and Associate Publisher, The Early Years Educator
Do you want to know how best to provide for two year olds in your setting? Do you need effective guidance and advice on how to achieve this?
This is an unmissable guide to working with two year olds, offering practical tips and tools to support practitioners, professionals and lecturers in meeting the unique set of needs of this age group.
Written by two experienced early years' professionals this resource covers all aspects of provision and best practice for successfully working with two year olds, including key concerns such as:
the completion of the Two Year Progress Check
transitions into a setting
formative and summative assessment
effective learning environments
working with parents.
All this plus charts, pro forma, activities and training materials as well as further reading and access to websites, providing you with all you need to respond to the needs of two year olds with confidence.
Chris Dukes and Maggie Smith (www.earlymatters.co.uk) are both Area SENCOs in London and experienced trainers and authors in the Early Years.
Chris Dukes is a qualified teacher with over 20 years' experience. She has worked in various London primary schools as a class teacher and also as a member of the Senior Management Team. Chris has a Master's degree in Special Needs and through her later role as a Special Needs Co-ordinator and Support Teacher, many years' experience of working with children with additional needs. Chris has worked closely, mentoring, advising and supervising staff teams to work with young children as well as with other education and health professionals. She currently works part time as an Area SENCO supporting Special Needs Co-ordinators and managers in a range of early year's settings. Chris is also one half of `earlymatters' training and consultancy, is co-author of the Hands on Guides series of books and writes for various early years' publications. Maggie Smith began her career as a nursery teacher in Birmingham. She has worked as a peripatetic teacher for an under-5's EAL Team and went on to become the Foundation Stage manager of an Early Years Unit in inner London. Maggie helped to set up an innovative unit for young children with behavioural difficulties and has also worked supporting families of children with special needs. She has taught on Early Years BTEC and CACHE courses at a college of higher education. Maggie currently works part time as an Area SENCO supporting Special Needs Co-ordinators and managers in a range of early year's settings. She is also one half of `earlymatters' training and consultancy, is co-author of the Hands on Guides series of books and writes for various early years' publications.
Preface: Terrific Two Year Olds! Chapter 1: Successful Transitions Chapter 2: An Environment for Learning Chapter 3: Communication and Language Development Chapter 4: Physical Development Chapter 5: Personal, Social and Emotional Development Chapter 6: Dealing with Feelings Chapter 7: Checking Progress at Two Years Old