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Early Years Practice

Early Years Practice
For Educators and Teachers

First Edition

January 2016 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd


‘I would recommend this book to students and trainees who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of early years practice beyond level 3. This book is accessible, up to date and focuses on translating theory into practice, incorporating the essential higher order skill of reflection. The pedagogical foundations within place children firmly at the centre, whilst acknowledging the highly influential early years practitioner in the wider context of family, community and inclusive practice.’

Sarah Barton, Senior Lecturer and EY ITT Programme Leader, School of Education and Continuing Studies, University of Portsmouth


Are you studying to become an early years teacher or educator, or studying for an early years degree, and looking for a book to guide you through your qualification?

With stories of practice, questions for reflection, further reading and links to the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years), this book links professional practice with theory and research and will help you:

·          understand how children learn and develop

·          engage with the curriculum and the practice of teaching

·          learn more about the structure and reality of early years provision and practice for children aged from 0–8 years

·          develop ways to reflect upon your practice

·          develop professional skills and attributes needed to take a leading role

·          understand how to apply all of this to practice.

This core textbook is ideal for students of early years and early childhood courses and will support you in your practice in the early years.

Part One: Foundations for Early Years Practice
Chapter 1: The reflective early years professional
Chapter 2: Understanding children
Chapter 3: Early years provision in practice
Chapter 4: Early years education and learning
Part Two: Early Years Education
Chapter 5: Playful learning
Chapter 6: Early language and literacy
Chapter 7: Creative children
Chapter 8: Children exploring
Part Three: Joined-up Early Years Practice
Chapter 9: Partnership practice with parents and families
Chapter 10: Inclusive early years practice
Chapter 11: Researching early years practice
Chapter 12: Leading early years practice

This book is placed at a level perfect for our first year undergraduates. It is informative and supports their assessments.

Mrs Jacqueline Ann Taylor
Department of Early Childhood and Education, Newman University
April 28, 2016

Clearly written text that enables readers to develop their underpinning knowledge and understanding of current approaches to early years education.

Mrs Sue Wilcockson. Partnership Coordinator, EYITT. University of Derby

School of Education, Derby University
June 7, 2016

Clear and accessible providing trainee teachers with the essential information they need and on which they can build through experience and the course

Mrs Claire Garven
Faculty of Education, University of The West of England
May 27, 2016

This text supports insightful engagement for students in practice issues

Mrs Karen Williams
Faculty of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
March 11, 2016

This book has surprised me. At first I flicked through and didn't really appreciate what it had to offer. However, since planning and needing starting points and extra information for sessions I have found this book just has the bit I need. I have found information that I never expected to find and then read more and acquired more knowledge than expected. A good tutor resource/reference book and excellent for the experienced practitioner to take knowledge and awareness to another level

Mrs Hilary Victoria Johnston
Southend Campus, South Essex College
October 10, 2016

A really useful book for students undertaking the Early Years Foundation Degree.

Ms Julie North
Eary Years Education, St Vincent College
April 28, 2016

Not adopting this publication for Foundation Degree in Educational Practice, however we are adopting for the Early Years Programme.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care And Early Years, Swindon College
April 3, 2016

A good publication to support students to build upon experiences in practice and further develop knowledge of early years educational approaches.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care And Early Years, Swindon College
April 3, 2016

Simply written in a very easy read tone this book puts the complexity of personal responsiibility every childcare worker should possess at the centre of the work they do. Its easy tone will assist all students grasp topics with ease.

Mrs Eileen Mc Partland
Childcare Management, Liberties College
March 14, 2016

Contains useful sections to support underpinning knowledge in a number of areas related to the students degree. Easy to navigate and read.

Mrs Sarah C Phillips
Childhood Studies, North East Worcestershire College
March 16, 2016

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