1st Edition

Challenge and Change for the Early Years Workforce Working with children from birth to 8

Edited By Christine Ritchie Copyright 2015
    198 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    198 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The early years sector is going through a period of unprecedented change. This has resulted in significant challenges for the early years workforce and it is crucial that settings, teams, leaders and individual practitioners respond to these if they wish to continue to provide the best care and education for young children.

    This timely text identifies and addresses the key challenges for those working with young children from managing personal and professional change, adapting to new legislation and considering new ways of thinking about children’s early learning. It considers the core knowledge and understanding of good practice that enables practitioners to respond appropriately and with confidence to issues they face on daily basis.

    Covering a wide range of diverse topics including professional identity, neuroscience, outdoor education, literacy, special educational needs, the family and the ‚risk‘ factor, the book encourages the reader to reflect upon their own views and attitudes towards change practice and includes:

    • Chapter overviews and summary boxes
    • Case studies to highlight good practice
    • Questions to promote debate
    • Annotated further reading

    Aimed specifically at those that are studying and working with children from birth to 8, this book will be a core text for Foundation Degrees in early years, early childhood studies and those working towards Early Years Teacher Status.

    1. The Challenges of Change 2. Understanding Feelings; How to Accept the Challenge 3. Maintaining a Vision During Times of Change 4. Children’s Learning and Neuroscience 5. Taking the Learning Outdoors, the Challenges and the Possibilities 6. Ready to Listen, Speak and Learn 7. Special Educational Needs – Intervention and Support 8. The Challenge of Supporting Diverse Families 9. Taking Risks? Living with Health and Safety and Issues of Protection 10. The Future 


    Christine Ritchie has been working with children and adults in education for over 40 years, including in her role as Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.

    'This is a timely text indeed with all of the unprecedented change in the early years sector at the moment... Anyone working with children from birth to eight- years- old would find this a very helpful supportive text, especially if you are on a Foundation Degree in early years, studying early childhood studies or working towards Early Years Teacher Status.'- Martine Horvarth, EYE Magazine