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Childhood Practice

Childhood Practice
A reflective and evidence-based approach

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March 2023 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This comprehensive guide to the core areas of early learning and childcare is designed to equip students to synthesise theory, research and practice to become reflective, evidence-based practitioners. Featuring a diverse and experienced team of authors, this essential book covers policy, theories of childhood, professional development and urgent issues impacting the sector today such as diversity and inclusion, being trauma-aware and children’s rights.

Each chapter includes case studies, key ideas, views from practice, questions and more helping to bring topics to life, making this a rich resource that will support your studies.

Dr Mike Carroll is a retired Senior Lecturer currently working as an Associate Tutor in Education at the University of Glasgow, Education Consultant and the co-author of Understanding Teaching and Learning in Primary Education (2018).

Mary Wingrave, is a Senior Associate Tutor and was formerly a Senior Lecture in Education at the University of Glasgow

PART 1: Policy and legislative context of non-compulsory care and education (NCE) in the UK
Craig Orr and Mary Wingrave
Legislative and policy frameworks: practice and implementation
Ruth Myles and Jana Chandler
Safeguarding and protecting children: from policy to practice
Margaret McCulloch and Tracey Stewart
Diversity, equity and inclusion in early years
Jana Chandler and Ruth Myles
Children’s Rights and the UNCRC
PART 2: Contexts of childhood
Mike Carroll
Theories of child development
Mary Wingrave and Jillian Barker
Contemporary perspectives of children and childhood
Marie McQuade and Irene Pollock
Personal, social and emotional development
Christine McKee and Mark Breslin
Attachment-focused and trauma-aware early childhood practice
PART 3: Early Learning
Elizabeth Black and Jacqui Horsburgh
Creating learning environments
Jennifer Farrar and Kelly Stone
Early language and literacy development
Susie Marshall and Julie Robinson
Early mathematical development
Irene Pollock and Martin Winters
Digital learning in early childhood
PART 4: Perspectives on Play
Elizabeth Black
Playful pedagogy
Joe Houghton and Kristina Robb
Space to play
Mike Carroll and Jillian Barker
Outdoor learning
PART 5: Developing the non-compulsory care and education workforce
Mary Wingrave
Professionalisation of the non-compulsory sector in the UK
Irene Pollock and Tracey Stewart
Professional learning and the reflexive practitioner
Mike Carroll and Mary Wingrave
Professional inquiry
Jacqui Horsburgh and Kristina Robb
Evaluation in childcare settings
PART 6: The wider context of non-compulsory care and education
Mike Carroll and Craig Orr
Leadership and management in childhood practice
Marie McQuade and Tracey Stewart
Working in partnership
Cynthia Abel, Marie McQuade and Craig Orr
International perspectives on childcare provision and practice

This book stands out as a comprehensive guide that skilfully facilitates reader reflection through the inclusion of case studies and practical viewpoints. Its breadth is remarkable, encompassing theory, policy, and professional development, making it particularly well-suited for degree-level students. The variety of contributors enriches the book with insightful discussions on a wide array of factors, from outdoor provision and legislation to research paradigms and international perspectives. This diverse content ensures a rounded and thorough exploration of the subject matter. By offering such a multifaceted approach, the book not only educates but also challenges its readers to think deeply about the complexities of their field. It is an essential resource for those seeking to deepen their understanding and enhance their practice through a well-informed, comprehensive lens.

Mrs Carly Blackburn
Social and Community Practice, Bradford College
February 29, 2024

Relevant for wider reading and international perspectives

Miss Emma Cookson
UCBC, Blackburn College
August 22, 2023

Essential reading for EBL to be a reflective practitioner

Mrs Sarah Harris
Health, Grwp Llandrillo Menai
May 4, 2023

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