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4th Edition

Teaching and Learning in the Early Years

ISBN 9780415722537
Published February 25, 2015 by Routledge
394 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

USD $62.95

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Book Description

This best-selling text book provides a broad-ranging and up-to-date review of thinking and best practice within nursery and infant education. Written around the basic truth that an effective early years curriculum must start with the children, their needs and their potential, the contributors to this classic text acknowledge that learning must have a strong element of fun, wonder and excitement.

Fully revised and updated in light of recent changes to the Early Years curriculum, with brand new chapters on assessment, communication, writing, creativity and diversity, the contributors address a range of fundamental issues and principles, including:

    • an analysis of research into how children learn;
    • discussions of issues such as classroom organisation, curriculum management, and assessment;
    • a detailed section on play and language;
    • chapters covering individual curriculum areas, including new chapters on music and PSHE.

Each chapter combines a review of important principles with practical and inspiring classroom examples throughout. It is essential reading for all Foundations Stage and KS1 trainee teachers, their tutors and mentors, and serving teachers working in the 3-7 age range who wish to reflect upon and develop their practice.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Young Children Learning and Early Years Teaching

David Whitebread

PART A: Basic Principles and Approaches

Chapter 2: ‘Our classroom is like a little cosy house!’: Organising the early years classroom to encourage self-regulated learning

David Whitebread with Rebecca Dawkins, Sue Bingham, Harriet Rhodes & Kate Hemming

Chapter 3: 'My mum would pay anything for chocolate cake!' Organising the Whole Curriculum: Enterprise Projects in the Early Years

Penny Coltman, David Whitebread & Jayne Greenwood

Chapter 4: 'When the chicks hatch a man will come and bring them yolk to eat’: Assessment in the early years

Amy Arnold

Chapter 5: "This is the best day of my life! And I’m not leaving here until it’s time to go home!": The Outdoor Learning Environment

Christine Parker

PART B: Play & Language

Chapter 6: ‘Listen to my idea!’ Communication and Language in the Early Years

Nancy Stewart

Chapter 7: 'It is only a story, isn't it?' Interactive Story-making in the Early Years Classroom

Lesley Hendy

Chapter 8: "I can write… on my own!" Writing in the Early Years

Helen Bradford

Chapter 9: 'What's that dog thinking, Mrs. Bromley?' Picture Books and Learning to Read

Helen Bromley

PART C: The Wider Curriculum

Chapter 10: 'We are passing the smile around' Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education in the Early Years

Sue Bingham

Chapter 11: 'How do I do this better?' From Movement Development into Physical Literacy

Trish Maude

Chapter 12: "I’ve got a song to sing": Creating a Musical Environment for Children in their Early Years

Linda Bance

Chapter 13: ‘Once there was someone who walked on the sky.’ Creativity in the Early Years

Kate Cowan & Miles Berry

Chapter 14: 'How many toes has a newt?' Science in the Early Years

Penny Coltman

Chapter 15: ‘How many shapey ones have you got?’ : Number and Shape in the Early Years

Sue Gifford & Penny Coltman

Chapter 16: 'But what does it do?' Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the Early Years: An Emergent Approach

John Siraj-Blatchford

Chapter 17: So what is long ago and where is far away.....? A sense of time and place

Jayne Greenwood & Holly Linklater

Chapter 18: "Why is she all yellowy Miss?" "Why have you got two mums" "You can’t use the pink - you’re a boy!" : Embracing diversity & difference in the Early Years

Natalie Heath

PART D: The Way Forward

Chapter 19: Whatever Next? Future Trends in Early Years Education

Mary Jane Drummond


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David Whitebread is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Education, University of Cambridge, UK.

Penny Coltman is a Lecturer in Early Years Education, University of Cambridge, UK. 


'The fact that the book is now in its fourth edition speaks for itself, showing the value placed on the book by practitioners.Full of good ideas, this is a highly readable book which merits a place in every Early Years setting and will also be a valuable resource for students.'- Sarah Brew, Parents in Touch