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Early Years Pedagogy in Practice

A Guide for Students and Practitioners, 1st Edition

By Ruksana Beigi


336 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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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
  • The 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 Degreesas well as early years practitioners.


"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

Table of Contents

1. Exploring early years pedagogy

2. The early years ‘pedagogue’

3. A holistic and flourishing pedagogy

4. Relational pedagogy

5. Play-based pedagogy

6. Child initiated and adult-directed pedagogy

7. Nature pedagogy

8. Participatory pedagogy

9. Dialogic pedagogy

10. Creative pedagogy

11. Community and culture pedagogy

12. Pedagogical narration

About the Author

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.

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