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Essential Guides for Early Years Practitioners


About the Series

The books in this exciting new series have been written to closely mirror major modules in the GNVQ in Childcare (levels 1 & 2). Packed full of illustrations, practical ideas, support and advice, this series addresses the key issues arising from working in today’s nursery and school environments.

Benefit from the experiences of our highly qualified authors to help you captivate and inspire the children in the early years of their education.

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Observing Young Children The role of observation and assessment in early childhood settings

Observing Young Children: The role of observation and assessment in early childhood settings

2nd Edition

By Sandra Smidt
June 03, 2015

This fully revised second edition of Observing, Assessing and Planning for Children in the Early Years provides a detailed analysis of what is meant by the observation of young learners and why this is so vital to early years practitioners and students. In this accessible and insightful text, ...

Circle Time for Young Children

Circle Time for Young Children

2nd Edition

By Jenny Mosley
September 29, 2014

Jenny Mosley's quality circle time model involves establishing an on-going, timetabled process of circle-meetings for adults and children. As a basis for teaching relationship skills, enhancing self-esteem and building a positive behaviour management and anti-bullying policy, circle time will not ...

Drama 3-5 A practical guide to teaching drama to children in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Drama 3-5: A practical guide to teaching drama to children in the Early Years Foundation Stage

2nd Edition

By Debbie Chalmers
September 11, 2014

Would you like to offer constructive, creative and exciting new dramatic learning experiences to the children in your setting? The importance of using drama to promote active and creative learning in the early years is widely recognised, and this fully updated second edition of Drama 3-5 will guide...

Understanding Children’s Development in the Early Years Questions practitioners frequently ask

Understanding Children’s Development in the Early Years: Questions practitioners frequently ask

2nd Edition

By Christine Macintyre
July 03, 2014

Review of the first edition: 'This book provides a very accessible approach to building a better understanding of young children and their development and will be an interesting and useful read for both experienced early years practitioners and for students who are just beginning to build their ...

Identifying Additional Learning Needs in the Early Years

Identifying Additional Learning Needs in the Early Years

2nd Edition

By Christine Macintyre
July 09, 2014

I know there is something wrong, but what? How do I know if outside help for this child is needed? How do I tell parents that their child could have a learning difficulty? These are questions that most nursery workers will have to face during their careers, and questions which this new edition of ...

Music 3-5

Music 3-5

1st Edition

By Susan Young
July 28, 2008

This book gives information, ideas and principles for music with three to five year olds that are both down-to-earth and up-to-date.  Written in a style which is engaging and readable, it integrates recent theory and practice illustrating the discussion with examples and ideas taken from real ...

Thinking and Learning About Mathematics in the Early Years

Thinking and Learning About Mathematics in the Early Years

1st Edition

By Linda Pound
March 26, 2008

How can early years practitioners help young children to become not only numerate but aspiring mathematicians who love numbers, shapes and mathematical comparisons? The introduction of the Foundation Stage has led to practitioners seeking ways to teach maths which are more in line with the ...

Supporting Multilingual Learners in the Early Years Many Languages - Many Children

Supporting Multilingual Learners in the Early Years: Many Languages - Many Children

1st Edition

By Sandra Smidt
November 22, 2007

Shortlisted for the Nasen Book that supports SEN and Disability Issues Award 2008 Are children who are exposed to more than one language from birth at an advantage or a disadvantage when starting school? Supporting Multilingual Learners in the Early Years examines the theoretical, ideological and ...

Essential Nursery Management A Practitioner's Guide

Essential Nursery Management: A Practitioner's Guide

1st Edition

By Susan Hay
September 17, 2007

Written by a highly acclaimed expert in the field, this practical and accessible book addresses all the critical aspects of effective nursery management. From leadership skills and one-to-one skills, developing and monitoring the curriculum; and staff training and appraisals, to astute financial ...

Helping with Behaviour Establishing the Positive and Addressing the Difficult in the Early Years

Helping with Behaviour: Establishing the Positive and Addressing the Difficult in the Early Years

1st Edition

By Sue Roffey
September 01, 2005

This book shows how to establish good practice in early years settings so that all children are supported in developing positive interactions with one another. With limited material available for practitioners in this area, Sue Roffey explains the features of an 'emotionally literate' environment ...

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