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The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage
Theory and Practice

Fourth Edition
Edited by:

March 2021 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This new fourth edition of The Early Years Foundation Stage is fully updated to bring it in line with key changes in the revised EYFS.

What is included?

-          A brand-new chapter on Reflective Practice

-          Completely new content in fully revised chapters on Play; Pedagogical Documentation; Communication and Language; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; and Children’s Health and Wellbeing

-          New coverage of Baseline Assessment

-          New and updated case studies throughout the book

-          ‘Taking it Outside’ examples

-          New coverage of self-regulation

This best-selling, market leading textbook provides students with a comprehensive and critical look at the EYFS curriculum. Encouraging students to look at the theory and policy context behind the EYFS, it helps them to relate it to their practice across all areas of the EYFS through case studies and examples, points for discussion, reflective tasks and further reading.

Ioanna Palaiologou is an Academic Associate at the UCL Institute of Education. She is also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, with a specialism in child development and learning theories


Part I: Policy Context
Trevor Male & Ioanna Palaiologou
Chapter 1: Historical Developments for Early Childhood Education and Care
Ioanna Palaiologou & Trevor Male
Chapter 2: Early Years Foundation Stage
Ioanna Palaiologou, Glenda Walsh, Lorna Arnott, Deirdre Grogan, Jane Waters, Natalie Macdonald & Phil Lynch
Chapter 3: The National Picture
Theodora Papatheodorou
Chapter 4: The International Perspective on Early Childhood Education and Care
Nyree Nicholson
Chapter 5: The Issue of Professionalism
Part II: Pedagogy
Theodora Papatheodorou & Donna Potts
Chapter 6: Pedagogy in Practice
Zenna Kingdon & Ioanna Palaiologou
Chapter 7: Play
Lorna Arnott & Ioanna Palaiologou
Chapter 8: Playful learning with technologies
Paulette Luff
Chapter 9: Observations: Recording and Analysis
Sally Howard & Angie Hutchison
Chapter 10: Assessment
Elisabetta Biffi, Franca Zuccoli & Lucia Carriera
Chapter 11: Pedagogical Documentation
Angie Hutchinson & Ioanna Palaiologou
Chapter 12: Transitions
Part III: Areas of Learning and Development
Ioanna Palaiologou
Chapter 13: Communication and language
Ioanna Palaiologou
Chapter 14: Physical Development
Ioanna Palaiologou
Chapter 15: Personal, social, emotional development
Helen Bradford
Chapter 16: Literacy
Zoi Nikiforidou
Chapter 17: Mathematics
Nicky Hirst
Chapter 18: Understanding the World
Nick Owen, Liz Clark & Caroline Farley
Chapter 19: Expressive arts and design
Part IV: Key Issues in Practice
Eleanor Kitto & Liz Bullough
Chapter 20: Reflective Practice
Anna Knowles
Chapter 21: Partnerships
Zoi Nikiforidou & Babs Anderson
Chapter 22: Safeguarding
Jackie Musgrave
Chapte 23: Children’s health and well being
Alex Owen
Chapter 24: Inclusion
Trevor Male & Amanda Ince
Chapter 25: Leadership

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