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Becoming a Practitioner in the Early Years

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.

Rose Envy
Developing the Children's Workforce
Rose Envy
Collaborative Working within Early Years
Rebecca Walters
Developing Child-Centred Practices
Rebecca Walters
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

This book has been requested for the students as there are valuable key points they need to consider for their childcare careers. Thank you

Mrs Donna O'Connor
Hair Beauty & Early Years, North West Regional College (NWRC) Strabane Campus
November 23, 2020

The real strength of this book is the large amount of activities and case studies that will be extremely useful for Foundation degree students to conduct and will enable links between theory and practice. Excellent links to theorists and play, written in an accessible way for students.

Mrs Claire Pescott
Dept of Care & Continuing Education, Ystrad Mynach College
July 1, 2015

This is an excellent text and will support those aspiring to leadership. Chapter nine provides a clear overview of the differences between leadership and management. Detailed case studies support the practitioner, to develop their knowledge and understanding of leadership and management in a contextualised manner. The chapter has a srong focus on the importance of reflection, within the early years sector. The text makes useful links to Teacher's Standards and Ofsted Reports.

Miss Jackie Sumner
Childhood & Youth Studies, Edge Hill University
October 6, 2015

A good read - supports students to understand the importance of becoming a reflective practitioner in day to day practice. The book has activities throughout each chapter that supports the learner to develop their own skills of reflection.

Miss Rebecca Pace
Health & Social Care, Walbottle Campus
June 8, 2015

This text is particularly of use to students who take their foundation degree following A levels at school.

Michelle Harris
Early Years, Gloucestershire College
April 17, 2015

Very easy book to read, I have used this book and recommended to students it includes everything you need to read about becoming a reflective practitioner.

Mrs Caroline Larmour
University of Cumbria, University of Cumbria
March 13, 2015

Supportive text for those who are new to the sector, as well as providing opportunities for thoughtful reflection for those with wider experience.

Mrs Michelle Armstrong-Harris
Vocational and Professional Studies, Guildford College
July 10, 2014

Covering themes such as child-centred practice, reflective practice, inclusive environments and safe practice, it introduces students to the wide scope of practice in the early years. Throughout, practical examples, case studies and theory focus features help students to make links between theory and practice and to begin to develop their own sense of professional practice in the sector.

Mrs Helen Middleton
Caring, Cardiff and Vale College
November 22, 2013

A great book for any childcare practitioner. Easy to read and apply to practice.

Mrs Pamela Canning
early , North West Institute
October 1, 2013

Good all round book for early childhood students. The accessible chapters include case studies, summaries and self assessment questions. This book is also useful for early years course tutors for planning seminar activities and lectures.

Mrs Nicola Stobbs
Institute of Education, Worcester University
September 18, 2013