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Resources for Early Learning
Children, Adults and Stuff



January 1996 | 108 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This is a book well worth reading. It certainly provides all early years practitioners with a challenge, but it is also reassuring in this time of change we have a strong evidence-based philosophy' - Nursery World

`The book is incredibly readable, illustrated with delightful anecdotes and makes useful references to theory' - Emma Hertzberg, Goldsmiths Association for Early Childhood

In this book, the Pat Gura explores the use of materials for learning within a social context. Different forms of stuff - blocks beads, climbing frames, dolls and found materials are used to explore the possibilities of materials as tools of all-round development in early childhood.

The author presents a range of strategies to help early years practitioners evaluate their provision, as they strive to create environments for early learning which are culturally, developmentally and personally appropriate. She takes a critical look at the conventional assumptions early years practitioners make about sand, water, paint, and the home area, and encourages practitioners to reflect on their practice.

 
Stuff
 
On and through the Climbing Frame
 
Matters of Principal
 
Thinking and Feeling, Feeling and Thinking
 
Choosing Stuff for Early Learning
 
Freedom and Control I
Setting Limits  
 
Freedom and Control II
The Individual and the Group  
 
Bought and Found
 
Shelling Peas
Work or Play or What?  
 
Enquiry-Based Practice I
Fish Out of Water  
 
Enquiry-Based Practice II
Space and Time  

`This is a book well worth reading. It certainly provides all early years practitioners with a challenge but it is also reassuring in this time of change we have a strong evidence-based philosophy' - Nursery World

`The book is incredibly readable, illustrated with delightful anecdotes and makes useful references to theory' - Emma Hertzberg, Goldsmiths Association for Early Childhood


"This is a book well worth reading. This certainly provides all early years practitioners with a challenge but it is also reassuring in this time of change we have a strong evidence-based philosophy." 

Maureen Baker, Head Teacher
Children's Nursery School; Edinburgh, Scotland
Nursery World

This text book is a valuable resource for careers in early years provision.

Mrs Donna Kathleen O'Connor
Early, North West Regional College
October 27, 2016

a very interesting resource book which provoked much debate.

Mr Ryan Saunders
Southend Campus, South Essex College - Basildon
July 30, 2016

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ISBN: 9780761973591
£39.99