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.
'[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