SAGE Publications Ltd

  • 'This text will be an invaluable addition to the reading of students and tutors alike. It has been written thoughtfully for students embarking on university courses that study aspects of early childhood education. The introductory chapters give the reader a sense of the thinking and reflection that is helpful for them at the beginning of their studies and a clear focus on the rights of our youngest children roots the text in a sound pedagogical frame. The later chapters broaden the argument and feel very relevant to the current context in their explorations of the policy and practice of EYFS. I would strongly recommend this text.'
    -Jo Albin-Clark, Senior Lecturer in Early Years Education, Edge Hill University
    This book 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.
    Each chapter introduces major concepts and theories which allow you to explore the foundations of key early childhood issues and apply them in practice. Topics include:

    Children's rights
    The Early Years curriculum
    How children learn and develop
    Health and well-being

    As well as looking at important aspects of study such as:

    How to search primary sources, such as policy documents and journals
    How to use your personal experience in studying
    How to develop critical reading and writing skills

    With specific learning features designed for different levels of study, this book will be invaluable to students studying at levels 4 and 5 of early childhood degrees and foundation degrees, with features designed to support students as they make the transition to honours level study.
    Digital resources for extra support!
    Check out the companion website for additional material including:

    interactive glossary flashcards
    journal tasks
    web links to more handy online resources