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Themes and Debates in Early Childhood
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Themes and Debates in Early Childhood

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October 2013 | 184 pages | Learning Matters
Early Childhood is a complex and diverse field. This text is designed to help students understand and engage with current themes in early childhood, supporting the development of critical thinking skills. Key themes such as children's voice, child wellbeing, identities and professional relationships are presented and opened up for the reader through essential theory and selected extracts. Thought provoking activities in all chapters help students to get a deeper understanding of contemporary themes in early childhood, supporting them in assignment writing and in linking theory to practice.

About the Early Years Series

This series has been designed to support students of degrees and foundation degrees in Early Years, Early Childhood and related disciplines. Each text takes a focused look at a specific topic and approaches it in an accessible and user-friendly way. Learning features help readers engage with the text and understand the subject from a number of different viewpoints. Activities pose questions to prompt thought and discussion and further reading suggestions, including useful websties, are included to help students access extended learning in each topic.

Other titles in the series are Early Childhood Studies, Child Development for Early Childhood Studies, Child Observation for the Early Years and Exploring Play for Early Childhood Studies.

Mary Wild and Alison Street
INTRODUCTION: THEMES AND DEBATES
 
STRAND 1: EXPLORING IDENTITIES
Alison Street
Equality and Difference in the Early Years
Catherine Gilson
Children's Rights and Children's Voice
Catherine Gilson and Alison Street
Working Inclusively in the Early Years
 
STRAND 2: EXPLORING LEARNING AND WELL-BEING
Mary Wild
Exploring How Children in the Early Years
Nick Swarbrick
The Place of Play in the Early Years Curriculum
Mary Wild and Ingram Lloyd
Ensuring Children's Emotional Well-being in the Early Years
 
STRAND 3: EXPLORING PROFESSIONALISM
Alison Street and Mary Wild
Working with Families in the Early Years
Helena Mitchell and Ingram Lloyd
Professionalism - Raising the Stakes in the Early Years: 'She's Only Going to Work with Little Children'
Helena Mitchell
Multi-professional Working in the Early Years

'Ideal as text for students engaged in early childhood studies courses, this is  also a very useful starting point for stimulating discussion and reflection among members of existing early years teams'

Early Years Update

A good textbook encouraging critical thinking skills and reflective thinking

Ms Fay Albans-Ross
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
July 14, 2016

I recommend this text to all the students studying on the FdA Early Childhood Studies degree because it covers a wide range of current themes and debates and helps students to understand why there are debates around these areas within the sector. A great book to support critical analysis and I often refer to it in order to underpin/support many of the current issues discussed in the sessions.

Mrs Adele Roberts
Early Childhood Studies, Somerset College of Arts & Technology
May 20, 2015

This is an excellent book that discusses relevant themes and issues useful when teaching degree courses in Early Childhood Studies and related disciplines. This is really useful to extend students' knowledge further.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
April 21, 2015

this is a great book discussing relevant themes and issues witin the Early Years Sector.
At the end of each chapter there are questions to consider to further learning and knowledge. This is really useful to extend and encourage knowledge further.

Mrs Dawn Stuart
higher Education, Cardiff and Vale College
March 4, 2015

A really useful book to encourage students to think about their research focus.
A very accessible read

Helen Perkins
CACHE Department, Solihull College
December 16, 2014

Useful for students who are required to think critically about current issues in the sector.

Mrs Nicola Firth
Care and Early Years, Wakefield College
August 20, 2014

This text is essential reading for students of early years education who need to understand and engage with the complexities of the current themes in early years education. The activities throughout help students to link theory to practice, while the thought-provoking questions will be equally helpful to tutors and course leaders.

Mrs Anna Colgan
Higher Education, Banbury and Bicester College
July 13, 2014

Does what the title states and provides a useful springboard for discussion and debate in the classroom.

Ms Kathy Piercey
Foundation Degree in Childrens Development and Learning, Bracknell & Wokingham College
March 18, 2014

An essential text that can be used to support professional development

Miss Donna Luck
early years, Northampton University
March 7, 2014

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