The Reception Year is a special time for children and their teachers. This text celebrates the uniqueness of the Reception Year and the unique role of the Reception Teacher. This is a book for those aspiring to be reception teachers, those new to teaching in reception and for those with a love for the reception year.

Time Travel, Kaleidoscopes and a Hat Shop

Time travel, kaleidoscopes and a hat shop
Anna Cox Eleonora Teszenyi

In this chapter we will begin to consider:

  • models and ideas about the identities and roles of a Reception teacher, including Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory and ‘the hierarchy of the heart and the head’;
  • new ways of looking at the roles to support a personally negotiated understanding;
  • child-centred pedagogical approaches and care-full practice;
  • the social construction of the teaching role;
  • the different hats teachers wear according to the roles they fulfil in children's lives.

Starting Points

The demands and pressures on the teaching profession are influenced by political change, and this cannot be avoided. The most successful Reception teachers fend off the favours and fancies that come about ...

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