‘I would recommend this book to students and trainees who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of early years practice beyond level 3. This book is accessible, up to date and focuses on translating theory into practice, incorporating the essential higher order skill of reflection. The pedagogical foundations within place children firmly at the centre, whilst acknowledging the highly influential early years practitioner in the wider context of family, community and inclusive practice.’ Sarah Barton, Senior Lecturer and EY ITT Programme Leader, School of Education and Continuing Studies, University of Portsmouth Are you studying to become an early years teacher or educator, or studying for an early years degree, and looking for a book to guide you through your qualification? With stories of practice, questions for reflection, further reading and links to the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years), this book links professional practice with theory and research and will help you: • understand how children learn and develop • engage with the curriculum and the practice of teaching • learn more about the structure and reality of early years provision and practice for children aged from 0-8 years • develop ways to reflect upon your practice • develop professional skills and attributes needed to take a leading role • understand how to apply all of this to practice. This core textbook is ideal for students of early years and early childhood courses and will support you in your practice in the early years.
Foundations for Early Years Practice
- Chapter 1. The reflective early years professional
- Chapter 2. Understanding children
- Chapter 3. Early years provision in practice
- Chapter 4. Early education and learning
The four chapters in Part 1 provide discussion on the foundations for early years practice, exploring the landscape of policy, provision and pedagogy in early years practice. Each chapter addresses a key theme pertinent to the specialism of early years practice and work with children, families and other professionals. The themes discussed lay a firm foundation for specialist early years practice.
Chapter 1, ‘The reflective early years professional’, explores reflection, reflective learning and practice for practitioners, educators and teachers within a framework of continuing professional learning and developing early years practice for children and families. Theories ...