This fully updated new edition offers a comprehensive, accessible, yet rigorous introduction to the study of Early Childhood that will will add value to any Early Childhood Studies course at both foundation and degree level. Addressing both care and education in the Early Years, the book considers a range of multi-disciplinary aspects of Early Childhood; including health, social, educational, psychological and sociological perspectives.
Early Childhood Studies engages the reader by providing real-world examples that underpin theoretical perspectives and bring examples to life, while encouraging practitioners to engage in reflective practice by considering their own similar experiences.
Key features include:
- Engaging activities and case studies that bring theory to life
- Cutting-edge research
- Practical tasks and advice with points for further reading
- End of chapter summaries, Reflective Tasks and Study Skills boxes in each chapter
- Full colour illustrations throughout
This core introductory textbook is an indispensable resource for Early Years’ students and professionals, whatever their level of expertise or experience.
Table of Contents
Part 1 History and philosophy of early childhood studies 1. Theories and theorists 2. Developing your own philosophy Part 2 Early years development 3. Physical development 4. Cognitive development 5. Language development 6. Emotional and moral development 7. Social development Part 3 Early childhood 8. Families, homes and childhood 9. Early education 10. Play 11. Special educational needs and inclusion: policy and practice 12. Safeguarding children Part 4 Practitioners in early childhood 13. The early years professional 14. Reflective practice 15. Working together 16. Leadership and management of early years settings
Jane Johnston was a Reader in Education at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK, until her retirement in 2013.
Lindy Nahmad-Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies and Education with Psychology and Counselling at Sheffield Hallam University.
Ruby Oates was Head of Childhood Studies at the University of Derby until 2016; she currently works in the University’s Centre for Education, Research and Innovation.
Val Wood was a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Early Childhood Studies at the University of Derby until 2016.
'The second edition of the text Early Childhood Studies retains many of the excellent features which has made it an essential text for students studying on early childhood studies degree courses. The addition of two new chapters on Play and Safeguarding Children are welcome additions to the original content, and the refreshing of the existing chapters has ensured that the new text is reflective of the many and significant changes which have occurred in the period since the book was first published. Sources, research and terminology have been updated to reflect the growing trends and changes in the sector; thus, providing an exemplary model for students to follow as they commence their own journeys into study. I would highly recommend this text to my students studying on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree.' - Alison Riley, Bishop Grosseteste University'
'Early Childhood Studies is an accessible book that provides students with a comprehensive and detailed discussion of Early Childhood theory, philosophy, policy and practice. Reflective tasks are built into the chapters so that students can apply their own learning in relevant and thought provoking ways. Students are also supported to develop valuable study- and research skills and encouraged to refine their knowledge of specialist terminology. This book will be a valuable resource for any student wishing to study Early Childhood Studies.'- Dr Kate Bacon, Senior Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire