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1st Edition

Advanced Work-based Practice in the Early Years
A Guide for Students

ISBN 9780815396567
Published August 8, 2018 by Routledge
158 Pages

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Book Description

Inspired by the first-hand experiences of those studying early childhood education and care, this book supports students as they gain advanced knowledge and skills, and embark on the journey from inexperienced student to graduate professional.

Bringing together advanced theory, links to research, and illustrative case studies, Advanced Work-based Practice in the Early Years enables students to consolidate learning by applying theory to practice and identifying the skills, knowledge and personal traits which will help them succeed as a graduate practitioner. Chapters address a wealth of topical issues relating to both the development of the child and the student’s own professional development. Areas of focus include ethical practice, safeguarding and child protection, the voice of the child, the role of the mentor, observation, assessment and the social and cultural factors which may impact on a child’s development.

Including reflective activities, practical tips, and examples of student experience throughout, this is an essential text for all early years students as they make the transition from academic study to professional practice.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Ethical Practice in the Early Years - Mary A Dyer

Chapter Two: Social, cultural and economic factors shaping children’s learning and development - Nicola Firth

Chapter 3: The Unique Child - Julie Daton

Chapter Four: Listening and Responding to Children’s Voice - Wayne Bailey, Judith Hunter and Frances Marsden

Chapter Five: Becoming an Advanced Practitioner - Amanda Crow and Wayne Bailey

Chapter Six: Safeguarding in practice - Amanda Crow and Lindsey Watson

Chapter Seven: A Creative Curriculum - Alison Ryan

Chapter Eight: Communication and Language - Jo McEvoy

Chapter Nine: Advanced academic skills and your major study - Lindsey Watson and Andrew Youde

Chapter Ten: Work-based Practice: your next steps - Samantha McMahon and Kate Aspin


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Samantha McMahon is Principal Lecturer and Complex Pathway Leader for a range of early years courses at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

Mary Dyer is Senior Lecturer in Early Years at the University of Huddersfield, UK.