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Flourishing in the Early Years
Contexts, practices and futures

ISBN 9781138841130
Published December 8, 2016 by Routledge
230 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

USD $46.95

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Book Description

If young children are to flourish and become happy, confident and motivated learners, they need to develop in an environment that gives them the opportunities and freedom to play and learn, along with the support of parents and practitioners who are flourishing themselves.

This invaluable text looks at the conditions that enable all those engaged in the early years sector to flourish, covering themes such as the outdoor environment, the curriculum, parent partnership, equality and ethical practice. Divided into three sections, each part covers:

  • Concepts: A consideration of how flourishing is framed by political, historical and policy frameworks.
  • Practices: Exploring the issues that early years practitioners are faced with when engaging with parents and multi-agent professionals within their setting.
  • Futures: Examining some of the long-term issues that may need to be revisited on a regular basis to enable continual and flourishing development to occur.

With key points and reflective tasks, this book will be valuable reading to all students and practitioners working in the early childhood education and care sector who want to ensure that the children in their care are given the best possible start in life.

Table of Contents


Zenna Kingdon and Jan Gourd

Part 1: Concepts

Chapter 1: The conceptualisation of flourishing

Zenna Kingdon and Jan Gourd

Chapter 2: Constructs of the Flourishing Child

Luke Reynolds

Chapter 3: The ecology of flourishing

Michael Gasper and Leoarna Mathias

Chapter 4: Risk taking, philosophy and ethical practice to facilitate flourishing

Scott Buckler

Part 2: Practices

Chapter 5: Flourishing through Forest School

Bob Pilbeam

Chapter 6: Parent Partnership for Flourishing in an Age of Austerity

Michael Gasper

Chapter 7: Equality for flourishing in the Early Years

Sue Lea

Chapter 8: The Creative Curriculum: Flourishing in the play environment

Zenna Kingdon

Part 3: Futures

Chapter 9: Pedagogical documentation to support flourishing

Jan Gourd

Chapter 10: Flourishing and Quality

Jan Gourd and Zenna Kingdon


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Zenna Kingdon is Principal Lecturer and Head of Early Childhood Education and Care at Newman University, UK.

Jan Gourd is Senior Lecturer and Programme Area Lead for Education at the University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, UK.

Michael Gasper is an independent early years consultant, UK.