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Becoming a Practitioner in the Early Years
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Becoming a Practitioner in the Early Years



April 2013 | 176 pages | Learning Matters
This is an accessible text for students of degrees and foundation degrees in Early Years and Early Childhood. It examines both the theory behind early years practice, and the practical skills and knowledge needed for effective practice. Covering themes such as child-centered practice, reflective practice, inclusive environments and safe practice, it introduces you to the wide scope of practice in the early years. Practical examples, case studies and theory focus features are included in all chapters to make links between theory and practice. This is an accessible and comprehensive text enables you to develop the skills and knowledge to approach practice in the early years.

About the Early Childhood Studies Series

This series has been designed to support students of Early Years, Early Childhood Studies and related disciplines in popular modules of their course. Each text takes a focused look at a specific topic and approaches it in an accessible and user-friendly way. Features have been developed to help readers engage with the text and understand subject from a number of different viewpoints. Activities pose questions to prompt thought and discussion and 'Theory Focus' boxes examine essential theory close-up for better understanding. This series is also applicable to EYPS candidates on all pathways.

Other titles in the series include Early Childhood Studies, Childhood in Society for the Early Years, Child Development for Early Years Students and Practitioners and Exploring Play for Early Childhood Studies.

Rose Envy is Senior Lecturer in Education at Teesside University. She is program leader for the BA (Hons) Children & Early Childhood Degree and acts as Examination and Assessment Officer for the Education Department within the School of Social Sciences and Law.

Rebecca Walters is a tutor fo the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies at Teesside University. She also teaches on Teesside's Early Years (Sector Endorsed) foundation degree, hosted in Durham and Thirsk, and delivers the Early Years Professional Status.

 
Introduction
Rose Envy
Developing the Children's Workforce
Rose Envy
Collaborative Working within Early Years
Rebecca Walters
Developing Child-Centred Practices
Rebecca Walters
Pedagogy
Rebecca Walters
Enhancing Pedagogical Practice
Rebecca Walters
Becoming a Reflective Practitioner
Rose Envy
Creating Inclusive Environments
Martin Harmer
Ensuring Safe Practice
Rose Envy
The Aspiring Leader: Taking Your Practice Further
 
Self-assessment Answers
 
References
 
Index

This is an accessible user friendly text to support students on Early Childhood Studies programmes. It gives a very good overview of many different aspects of early childhood practice and enables the reader to not only gain valuable knowledge and information on a range of pertinent issues in relation to working with children and families, but also provides opportunities to extend thinking further and reflect on the issues discussed. The case studies and the activities throughout are highly relevant and an invaluable aspect of this resource.

Mrs Gillian Danby
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
September 5, 2013

This is an excellent text book for a number of modules on both the Foundation Degree and BA (Top up) outlining both national and global perspectives.

Mrs Shan Lockwood
Early Years, Craven College
June 27, 2013

'This is a good book which provides up to date material and would be useful for students independent study.'

Miss KATY MEREDITH
AACATS, Ystrad Mynach College
June 19, 2013

This book is really easy and friendly to use in class or independent study. The material is up to date, especially the chapter on Safeguarding and I have used the case study's in class discussion and refection work.
Easy size for students to carry and flick through fro research.

Mrs Helen Chester (Christie)
Health & Social Care, Somerset College of Arts and Technology
May 20, 2013

Some good chapter themes, with a good balance of activities and delivery. Some chapters eg. the section on observation felt a little simplistic and I felt it needed a deeper approach

Mr Mark Wilkins
Care and Early Years, Weston College
May 15, 2013
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