1st Edition

Being, Becoming and Thriving as an Early Years Practitioner A Guide for Education and Early Years Students and Tutors

By Annie Pendrey Copyright 2024
    214 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    214 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Being, Becoming and Thriving as an Early Years Practitioner captures the authentic and often humorous experiences that occur when working with young children, providing a comprehensive and accessible guide to the reality of early years practice. Designed to support practitioners through the early stages of their careers, it reveals what child development theory looks like in practice through real-life examples and case studies alongside guidance on practitioner wellbeing, continuous professional development (CPD), and studying alongside work.

    The book is structured around three key themes: BEING, BECOMING, and THRIVING. Each theme is divided into several chapters, and they cover a range of topics which will support you on your academic and professional journey including:

    ● Being a reflective practitioner

    ● Inclusion

    ● Key theorists

    ● Creativity

    ● The foundations of Play

    ● Reflection and Reflective Practice

    ● Continuous professional development

    Aligned to some of the core components for Early Years and Education with additional depth for level 4 students, the book blends theory and practice with humour and honesty, revealing what makes the Early Years such a magical sector in which to work. Including tools and activities to support your professional and academic journey, this is essential reading for early years students and practitioners.


    Theme – BEING

    1 The Curious Practitioner

    2 The Critically Informed Practitioner

    3 The Humanistic Practitioner

    4 The Observant Practitioner

    Theme – BECOMING

    5 The Playful Practitioner

    6 The Creative Practitioner

    7 The Inclusive Practitioner

    Theme – THRIVING

    8 The Reflective Practitioner

    9 The Research Practitioner

    10 The Developing Practitioner



    Annie Pendrey is an educational consultant, lecturer, and creative researcher. Annie is studying for her PhD and is the author of The Little Book of Reflective Practice and Reflection and Reflective Spaces in the Early Years.