1st Edition

Exploring and Celebrating the Early Childhood Practitioner An Interrogation of Pedagogy, Professionalism and Practice

Edited By Carla Solvason, Rebecca Webb Copyright 2023
    148 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    148 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This exciting new book celebrates, interrogates and re-imagines the complex and demanding role of the Early Childhood Practitioner. Exploring the many different facets of the Early Childhood Practitioner’s (ECP) role, it challenges normative constructions of practitioners and how they have been shaped by assumptions of history, culture and policy.

    Drawing on a range of theoretical presumptions and debates, the chapters champion the multidimensional power and potentiality of the ECP, arguing for greater respect and recognition for a role that supports and enables at a crucial time in a child’s life. With opportunities for reflection, key topics include:

    • The specialist pedagogical expertise of the ECP
    • The key role that ECPs play in the child’s holistic wellbeing
    • The ECP as diplomat across many professional contexts, effectively communicating with families and professionals
    • The creative ECP, pushing traditional, normative boundaries of practice
    • The ECP as so much more than they are customarily perceived as being.

    This latest addition to the TACTYC series will be valuable reading for Early Years students – particularly on Masters level courses – as well as those working and researching in the Early Years sector.


    Rebecca Webb and Carla Solvason

    1. The Emergence of the Early Childhood Practitioner

    Rory McDowall Clark

    2. Holding and Keeping the Child Safe

    Rosie Walker

    3. Developing Parent Partnerships

    Carla Solvason

    4. Appreciating and Practising Empathy

    Angela Hodgkins

    5. Valuing Children with Special Educational Needs and Disability

    Samantha Sutton-Tsang

    6. Re-imagining Early Childhood Pedagogy

    Johanna Cliffe

    7. Nurturing Nature with(in) Children (or 'George Killed the Worm')

    Kathleen Bailey

    8. Embracing Creativity in the Early Years

    Jacqueline Young

    9. Championing a Not Knowing Pedagogy and Practice

    Rebecca Webb and Kathy Foster

    10. Reconceptualising Quality Interactions

    Hayley Preston-Smith

    11. Recognising and Surviving Poverty within Early Childhood Practice

    Sandra Lyndon


    Carla Solvason and Rebecca Webb


    Dr Carla Solvason is Senior Lecturer in the Department for Children and Families at the University of Worcester. She has a keen interest in ethical practice and respectful and sensitive approaches to research, areas in which she has published and presented widely.

    Dr Rebecca Webb is Senior Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education and a member of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth, at the University of Sussex. Her research interests focus on pedagogies and practices of ‘not knowing’ and ‘uncertainty’.