This textbook focuses on the main areas of teaching young children, covering the 3-7 years age range that spans the early years and primary phases. The majority of chapters are written by both an academic and practitioner, reflecting a genuine theory and practice approach, and this helps the reader to set theoretical discussion in the context of real practice.
Key themes explored within the book include:
- Play and playfulness in the curriculum
- Child development in practice
- Literacy development and subject pedagogy
- Creativity and outdoor learning
Packed full of learning features such as case studies, reflective questions and lesson plans, Teaching Early Years is an essential resource for both students and practitioners, and will enhance your knowledge of how young children think and learn.
Amanda Thomas is currently a senior lecturer in Early Years Education at the University of South Wales delivering on a range of education modules. In 1997, she began teaching in a Primary school and successfully led the Early Years provision. Amanda also taught in FE for four years training childcare practitioners. Amanda is currently researching schemas in the Foundation Phase for her PhD. Karen McInnes has recently moved to Norland College as Research Fellow Previously she was Programme Leader: Postgraduate and International in the Institute for Education at Bath Spa University. She has been an Award Leader for the MSc Play Therapy and MSc Play and Therapeutic Play at the University of South Wales and completed her PhD in play and learning in the early years and qualified as a play therapist whilst there. She has also been a Senior Researcher with Barnardo's UK Policy and Research Team researching various issues affecting children and their families and making policy recommendations based on her research. Karen has extensive experience working with young children as a play therapist, speech therapist and teacher. She has published on various aspects of early years education and play and is the co-author of The Essence of Play (Routledge, 2013).
Chapter 1: Introduction - Amanda Thomas and Karen McInnes Chapter 2: What can we learn from UK Early Years curricula? - Claire Pescott Chapter 3: Child development in practice - Karen McInnes and Holly Gallan Chapter 4: Play and playfulness: The foundation of learning and development - Karen McInnes and Natacha Yuen Chapter 5: Understanding well-being in the Early Years - Alyson Lewis and Lucy Rees Chapter 6: Playing with words - becoming a reader and writer - Rhiannon Packer, Philippa Watkins and Marc Hughes Chapter 7: Developing mathematical confidence in the Early Years - Catherine Jones Chapter 8: Becoming a scientist through an experiential pedagogy - Amanda Thomas, Karen Parker, Carole Carter and Clare Griffiths Chapter 9: Inspiring creativity in the Early Years - Catherine Jones and Francine Davies Chapter10: Into the great outdoors: Opportunities and experiences - Alyson Lewis and Rebecca Poole Chapter 11: Conclusion - Amanda Thomas and Karen McInnes