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Early Childhood Studies

Early Childhood Studies

Fourth Edition
Edited by:

July 2015 | 320 pages | Learning Matters
For students of Early Childhood Studies, questions are as important as answers.  
What is childhood? Is childhood the same in all cultures?
How do children grow and develop?
What space do we make for children in our society?
How do adults approach risk and what does this mean for children?

Can children’s play be planned by adults?

Early Childhood Studies tackles these questions and more. It explores the why, how and what of studying and working with young children and their families, considering how a range of theories can help us to identify useful questions.

This is a comprehensive, up-to-date, challenging and accessible core text for the Early Childhood Studies course. Throughout, key theories and research findings are highlighted and explored to help link theory and practice. It covers the important themes of child development, communication, wellbeing, observation, working with parents, inclusive practice, leadership and research. This fourth edition has been fully updated throughout and includes new chapters on children and risk, inclusive learning environments, play and adults' concepts of childhood.

Rod Parker-Rees
Becky McKenzie
Understanding children’s development
Mandy Andrews
Rod Parker-Rees
Developing Communication
Philip Selbie and Becky McKenzie
Children’s well-being and spirituality
Karen Wickett and Mandy Andrews
Observing Children
Marie Lavelle
Working with parents
Philip Selbie and Karen Wickett
Providing enabling environments
Ulrike Hohmann
Tackling inequalities in the early years
Mandy Andrews and Sofia Chanda-Gool
Inclusive Practice in the early years
Caroline Leeson and Valerie Huggins
Working with Colleagues
Caroline Leeson and Valerie Huggins
Leadership in Early Childhood settings
Rod Parker-Rees
Adults’ Concepts of Childhood
Ulrike Hohmann
The benefits of comparison
Rebecca Carter Dillon and Valerie Huggins
Children’s well-being in the developing world
Verity Campbell-Barr
The Research, Policy, Practice triangle
Caroline Leeson
In praise of reflective practice
Ulrike Hohmann and Christoforos Mamas
Research projects in Early Childhood Studies
Ulrike Hohmann and Karen Wickett
Action Research

This is great book for those who are interested in the foundations of early childhood. It can be an essential textbook for students and tutors in the field and it is recommended for university courses. It introduces all the most important aspects of early years care and education, and will help you develop the key skills needed to study at degree level. Importantly, it goes beyond theory and puts theoretical aspects and principles of early childhood into practice through practical examples.

Dr Kyriakos Demetriou
Education , Liverpool Hope University
November 11, 2015

An excellent book which will cover all of the modules that I teach on both the foundation degree and BA degree in childhood studies.

Mrs Yolande Leech
Dept of Early Years, Accrington & Rossendale College
October 6, 2015

good layout, covers a variety of topics.

Mrs Sarah Collyer
Childcare Department, Brooklands College
September 17, 2015

excellent contemporary book for all aspects of childhood studies modules. Researched deeply and good articulation for all levels

Ms Carol Lloyd
Bishop Otter Campus College Lane, Chichester University
September 29, 2015

Very useful text for students on all levels

Ms Carol Lloyd
social studies, Chichester University
January 19, 2016

Early Childhood Studies: An introduction to the study of children's lives and children's worlds provides a useful overview of relevant and contemporary considerations in relation to the study of childhood.

The book includes a variety of features that provide opportunities for reflection and engage the reader.

This is a useful introductory text for Early Childhood students.

Mr Jonathan D Reid
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
February 11, 2016

I would highly recommend this book to students doing degrees in Early Childhood Studies as each chapter touches different aspect of children's lives.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
October 16, 2015

Builds on learners existing knowledge of early childhood

Mrs Karen Fullman
Human and Physical Sciences, South Thames College
October 8, 2015

A comprehensive and up to date book which delves into the challenges of contemporary Early Education. Good links to theory throughout and appropriate case study s to further support thinking which allows the reader to employ much reflection on current issues regarding childhood.

Mrs lisa rebecca Fairclough
Childhood Studies, Lakes College
June 16, 2015

A well-written and engaging book which is easy to 'dip in and out of' and find something new and thought provoking each time. I really like the balance between theoretical and practical within the book. There are some great ideas for activities which I intend to use within the classroom with Level 3 Early Years students next year to provoke discussion and reflection.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Petroc, Petroc
June 2, 2015

This fourth edition has been fully updated throughout and includes new chapters on children and risk, play and adults' concepts of childhood.

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