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Development & Learning for Very Young Children
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Development & Learning for Very Young Children

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March 2009 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'[T]his book has been well planned and provides information which is relevant for students and teachers alike in supporting teaching and learning. In particular, the practical aspects of group tasks and discussion points enable the reader to develop their reflective skills through the knowledge gained' - ESCalate

'This informative and thought-provoking collection of essays brings together theory, policy and practice for practitioners working with children aged from birth to three years old...It would be a great resource for students' - Nursery World

'This is a very well edited collection easily accessible to everyone involved in the early years, with the common thread being the holistic nature of very young children's learning. Using the contents of the different chapters for reflection and analysis, those implementing the new Early Years Foundation Stage will be able to promote and enhance children's development and learning experiences and certainly their own practices...This book powerfully reminds readers of what is at the heart of their care and learning interactions with babies and young children' - Professor Emeritus Janet Moyles, Play Consultant

With a focus on the most critical years in a young child's development, this book brings together the essential theory, policy and practice for everyone working with young children. Concentrating on the 0 to 3 age range, the book considers all relevant legislation such as Every Child Matters and the new Early Years Foundation Stage.

The content is organized into four sections:

- development and learning;

- policy to practice;

- leadership and management;

- establishing effective relationships.

Examining the influence of policy on practice, issues covered include the stages of child development, observing young children, making partnerships with parents, building relationships within and between teams, working in a multi-agency way and creating a caring and stimulating environment.

To illustrate practice and aid reflection, the chapters have:

- chapter objectives;

- case studies;

- group tasks;

- discussion points;

- recommendations for further reading;

- useful websites.

Suitable for all early years students and practitioners, it is a must-have resource.

 
Introduction: Claire Mould
 
1. Birth to Three Development and Learning
Introduction

 
1 The holistic development of babies and young children

 
2 Understanding how babies develop and learn through documenting their learning journeys

Kate Wagner
3 Developing an appreciation of babies and young children’s behaviour – why do they do what they do?

Jane Bulkeley
Frances Morton
2. Birth to Three Policy to Practice
Introduction

 
4 How current policy can link to holistic learning

 
5 Managing legislation and policies

Rebecca Morton
6 Establishing efficient self evaluation tools

Mike Carter
Jan Foreman
3. Effective Leadership and Management of Birth to Three Learning Environments
Introduction

 
7 Developing and sustaining a successful birth to three learning environment

 
8 Leading effective birth to three teams

Lynn Beckett
9 Working in a multi-agency way

Jan Foreman and Claire Mould
Sue Ford
4. Establishing Effective Relationships
Introduction

 
10 Establishing Effective Relationships with colleagues

 
11 Establishing Effective Relationships with parents

Karen Graham
12 Establishing Effective Relationships with babies and young children

Jillian Woodcock and Karen Southern
Debra Wickett
Reflective comment: Hilary Fabian

Provides a good basic knowledge of development and learning. A good and appropriate text for students starting Early Years courses.

Mrs LINDA TYLER
CENTRE FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD, Worcester University
November 26, 2009

Excellent, practical resource for foundation degree students

Ms Penny Dove
Education , Portsmouth University
November 14, 2009

A very good text that I have recommended to the Level 3 Students

Mrs Fiona Craig
Education , Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
November 13, 2009

This is an excellent general text, which is very accessible for students on both undergraduate and post graduate courses, as well as for those already working in the sector.

Ms Anne Renwick
Education , University of Cumbria
October 21, 2009
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Introduction PDF

Chapter 9: 'Working in a multi-agency way'