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`Tricia David starts the book off with a commitment to the importance of relationships. "The impact of emotional aspects of a school or nursery situation has long been neglected in the UK, as is amply demonstrated by the list of criteria for judging the quality of teaching drawn from OfSTED critieria". Amen to that" - Times Educational Supplement, Friday Magazine `Teaching Young Children is essential reading for early years teacher trainers and anyone working with young children, birth to 8 years old. It is an excellent companion volume to one of David's other books, Young Children Learning. David's many contributions to the literature in early years education has focused on the ways in which soc

Continuing Professional Development
Continuing professional development

‘If we're going to come in after school particularly for the NC we want to be told what we've got to do … I want to know what I'm supposed to be doing and I want it to be delivered by the adviser who's supposed to know. I want it to be useful and I want it to be useful in the shortest possible time.’

(cited in Morrison 1992, p. 158)

This comment from a Key Stage 1 Curriculum Co-ordinator serves two functions. Firstly, it seems to reflect the attitudes encountered by many of us involved in what is now called ‘continuing professional development’ (CPD). Secondly, it encapsulates a number of significant current trends in relation to CPD. In this chapter, I ...

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