1st Edition

Sound Beginnings Learning and Development in the Early Years

    168 Pages
    by David Fulton Publishers

    170 Pages
    by David Fulton Publishers

    By celebrating the spirit and principles that are enshrined in the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage (DfES, 2000), this book describes how children learn and develop best in good Early Years practice. It encourages the practitioner to take a step back from their day-to-day routines and objectives and instead focus on the child and how to create the sound beginnings that every child needs to flourish and develop in the Early Years. Aspects of the principles underpinning early child development covered include:

    • the importance of play
    • developing confidence and self-esteem
    • relationships with others
    • independent learning.

    Suggesting ways of teaching young children that practitioners can be confident will be effective, this book is essential reading for all reflective practitioners in the Early Years – including trainee teachers and students of early childhood studies.

    Foundations. Active Learning. The World Around. Building Confidence. Learning about Self and Others. What Children Know and Can Do. Children Learn in Different Ways and at Different Rates. Independence. Relationships. Quality


    Pamela May teaches on the ECS programme, the Foundation Degrees and the BA (QTS) programme at Canterbury Christ Church University College; Erica Ashford teaches on the Foundation Degree programme at Canterbury Christ Church University College; Gillian Bottle teaches on a range of programmes at Canterbury Christ Church University College and her research interests include the development of learning in the Early Years particularly in science and mathematics.

    '[This book is] very useful not only for personal study, but also as a tool to support teams to develop their overall approach to supporting young children's learning and development.' - Early Years Update

    'The chapters could be used as separate units abd would be a useful tool to enbale individual practitioners, small teams and whole staff groups to look in depth at their provision.' - Early Education