'It is very exciting to see this seminal text updated. The book has a modern, fresh look, with full colour pictures, which illustrate the text perfectly. The whole book shines with Marion Dowling’s wisdom and sensitive approach. This is especially apparent in the new chapter on Vulnerable Families, which is an increasingly vital area of work for the majority of practitioners. The updating of chapters on Independent Learning and Dispositions for Learning reinforces good practice, whilst including some instructive case studies. This is truly a book for all practitioners.'
'Marion Dowling has rich experience of Nursery Education. She knows children well as creative and sociable young people, individual characters, passionate to share self-confidence in doing and learning. Confronting issues of management and care, she offers wise counsel, and support for those who love young children and learn with them.'
'It's rare that I begin a book and very quickly feel that I am learning so much that I want to read it cover to cover. Marion's wealth of expertise is reflected in her very clear thinking on issues, and she has a knack of writing 'quotable quotes' which capture material succinctly. The book layout is organised in reader-friendly sections, making material easy to absorb.
This is an excellent addition to any early education library. Marion Dowling takes key ideas from the latest research and presents them in an engaging, informative and accessible way which demonstrates their link with the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. She makes good use of examples from practice showing how the ideas she explores can be reflected in our practice. At a time when increasing numbers of children , especially two year olds, are using early years provision it is an important reminder of why and how we focus on the needs of the child and their family.
'Marion continues to capture the essence of Personal Social and Emotional Development through this revised edition. The updated sections of the book reflect the changing times young children experience in their lives and provide early years practitioners with opportunities to question and reflect on how they engage with children in their daily work.
"The new edition of this seminal book has so much new information and such an engaging new format, that I would recommend it to you – even if you already have one of the earlier issues."
This is an excellent addition to our reading list. The book contains practical and theory based wisdom and offers fantastic examples to improve children's early experiences. The book is useful for parents, students and practitioners and provides useful insight to advise, acknowledge and model effective strategies in the home, in the work place and to facilitate prosocial interactions and behaviours in wider society.
This is a good resource for the Early Years foundation degree students which is relevant to several modules across two years of studies. The case studies are particularly well structured and useful for developing understanding of the chapter material. However, it would have been even better if the questions at the Reflection Points were differentiated and offer challenges of for the learners with different level of skills. At the end of the chapters there are useful Practical suggestions and summaries that help me as a teachers to summarise the lecture.
This is an excellent text, supporting students to develop a deep understanding of the Prime Area, Personal, Social and Emotional Development. The text highlights effective practice and encourages the reader to reflect on their own practice.
A key text. Thorough, captivating and thought-provoking.
As ever Dowling provides an excellent exploration of PSED for both students and practitioners.
This is a thorough yet accessible book which is perfect for promoting a holistic focus. The coverage of subjects beyond the EYFS from dispositions to spirituality to developing independence is excellent, with case studies serving to highlight key issues. Links with classical learning theories are highly supportive while the Practical Suggestions sections offer guidance and reflection relevant to a wide range of experiences.
An easy to read resource for all practitioners interested in child development.
A comprehensive update to this excellent text with useful chapter summaries and activities as well as links to the Teaching Standards (Early Years). The chapter on Young Children's Spirituality remains a classic.
When completing a degree on childhood studies this book is a must. The book can be used for every module on a degree course,
A really useful book for my Early Years students as it looks at recent policy & practice, all aspects of PSED and gives practical suggestions, case studies and reflection points.
This book offers an up to date consideration of issues facing young children and early years practitioners. It has real strengths in the way that it links so well to the EYFS statutory framework and non statutory guidance, and also draws so heavily on relevant psychological and educational research.
This is a valuable text book for Foundation Degree in Early Years Students to use in module Module 3 The Developing Child. It is easy to read, very informative and has some good case studies and reflection points within each chapter to aid further understanding of the key issues
Great resource for more depth into development
I will recommend that students consider purchasing this book because it will help them to see how to put the prime area of personal, social and emotional into practice.