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1st Edition

Early Years Pedagogy in Practice
A Guide for Students and Practitioners

ISBN 9781138366114
Published July 21, 2020 by Routledge
336 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This accessible text encourages readers to understand and confidently engage with distinctive early years pedagogy. It shows how pedagogy not only underpins the early years curriculum but is also inherent in the role of the adult and the experiences that are offered to young children.

The book explains what the differing early years pedagogies are, why they are encouraged, and the knowledge, skills, and practice that are required to work with them. Emphasising that what works in one situation may not in another and a wider pedagogical knowledge is essential to ensure quality outcomes for children, it considers key topics such as:

  • the role of the pedagogue and developing your own style
  • promoting a lifelong love of learning in children under your care
  • sensitivity and inclusion for all children’s cultures and communities
  • promoting the rights of every child under your care.

Incorporating reflection points and research tasks to support independent learning, this is essential reading for students on Early Childhood Studies courses and Early Years Foundation Degrees as well as early years practitioners.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 The Early Years Pedagogue: Underpinning the role of the adult

Chapter 2 Exploring Pedagogy for the Early Years: Building your signature early years pedagogy

Chapter 3 A Holistic and Flourishing Pedagogy: Promoting a love for lifelong learning

Chapter 4 The Pedagogy of Play: The natural language of the child

Chapter 5 Child-Initiated and Adult-Led Pedagogy: Moving from a balance to embracing the synergy

Chapter 6 A Participatory Pedagogy: The human right of every child

Chapter 7 Relational Pedagogy: Relationships in dialogic spaces

Chapter 8 The Pedagogy of Nature: Moving beyond outdoor play

Chapter 9 Creative Pedagogy: Nurturing the characteristics of creativity

Chapter 10 A Pedagogy for Parent and Families: Embodying the natural pedagogy of parents in early childhood education

Chapter 11 A Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Embracing children’s cultures and communities

Chapter 12 Sustainable Pedagogical Leadership: The preservation and development of early years pedagogies

Final Thought: Towards lived pedagogies

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Ruksana Beigi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Early Childhood and Education, University of East London, UK. She teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.


"This is an excellent book and very much needed in today’s time of uncertainty and change in the early years." - Heather Lowe, Homerton Children's Centre