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2nd Edition

The Early Years Handbook for Students and Practitioners
An Essential Guide for the Foundation Degree and Levels 4 and 5

Edited By

Lyn Trodd


Carol Hayes

  • Available for pre-order on March 7, 2023. Item will ship after March 28, 2023
ISBN 9780367724498
March 28, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
622 Pages 72 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Early Years Handbook for Students and Practitioners is a comprehensive and accessible course text for all degree level students undertaking programmes related to early years and childhood studies. Designed and written by the SEFDEY Professional Association and a team of new expert contributors, this text provides a balanced approach to the subjects discussed and encourages you to consider and challenge perceptions of early years and to promote good professional practice.

This edition has been extended to cover the learning and development of children from birth to 8 years and features new chapters on research, risk, neuroscience, the environment and more. Divided into four parts - The Student-Practitioner-Professional; The Learning and Development of Children 0-8; The Child, Family and Society; and The Senior Practitioner-Professional - the book covers all aspects of working with young children and engages you with theory that is explicitly linked to your practice.

In each chapter, the book seeks to help you develop your professional identity and includes:

  • Activities to help you to reflect on your own practice
  • Debates and Dilemmas to promote discussion between students and colleagues
  • Real-life case studies and photographs to illustrate key points
  • Extended Reflective Thinking boxes outlining key research in the field and implications for practice.
  • Suggestions for key projects to help those looking for research topics

The book is supported by a companion website featuring, for students, links to useful websites and video material, and an interactive flashcard glossary. Online support for lecturers includes ideas for tasks and activities to use in class and the diagrams and images in the book available to download.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Carol Hayes

List of Contributors

Part one

  1. First Steps into Higher Education: Transition to level 4
  2. Amanda Tayler

  3. Your Emotional, Personal Life and Achievements as an Undergraduate
  4. Eva Mikuska

  5. Work-based Learning
  6. Jo Dallal and Caroline Jones

  7. Developing the Practice of Staff in Partnership[ with Employers
  8. Eva Mikuska and Andre Kurowski

  9. Research with Children
  10. Joe Brown and Tim Clark

  11. Reflective Practice
  12. Ruth Hudson

  13. Planning and Organising for Learning and Positive Behaviour
  14. Francesca Brown-Cornwall

    Part two

    Holistic Learning and Development of Children

  15. The Power of Play
  16. Sam Robinson and Debrah Turner

  17. Pre-natal Development
  18. Tricia Johnson

  19. Working with Babies 0-1 year
  20. Amanda Norman

  21. The Early Years: 2-3 year olds
  22. Janine Ryan

  23. The Early Years and Key Stage one: 4-8 year olds
  24. Debbie Reel and Nicola Smith

  25. Enabling Learning and Cognitive Development
  26. Kate Hulm

  27. Promoting Communication Language and Literacy
  28. Alix Coughlin

  29. Holistic Development: Children’s health and well-being
  30. Alaina Lally

  31. The Social and Emotional Needs of Children
  32. Tricia Johnson

  33. Holistic Development: the physical development of children
  34. Katherine Goodsir

  35. The Freedom of the Great Outdoors
  36. Pam Jarvis, Wendy Holland and Ruth Swailes

  37. Genetics Evolution and Culture
  38. Jayne Daly and Ruth Hudson

  39. Cognitive Neuroscience in Practice
  40. Dominique Powell

    Part three

    The Child, Family and Society

  41. Childhood Culture in Society
  42. Rachael Tyas and Controllah Gabi

  43. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the National Curriculum KS1
  44. Sue Nimmo and Nancy Small

  45. Working in Partnership with Parents and Families
  46. Ute Ward

  47. The Effects of Disadvantage on Children’s Life Chances and Educational Outcomes
  48. Jonathan Doherty and Amanda Nuttall

  49. Safeguarding Practices
  50. Mandy Duncan

  51. Risk and Resilience
  52. Anne Whitehouse

  53. Respecting Values and Individuality: The rights of the child
  54. Pere Ayling

  55. Empowerment and Advocacy for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  56. Penny Borkett

  57. Information Processing Differences in the Early Years: Dyslexia
  58. Carol Hayes

    Part Four

    The Graduate Practitioner Professional

  59. Legal and Professional Responsibilities
  60. Carol Hayes

  61. Observation
  62. Janet Harvell and Samantha McMahon

  63. Graduate in an employment team
  64. Deborah Nye

  65. Quality Practice
  66. Angela Bonehill

  67. Mentoring
  68. Samantha McMahon, Mary Dyer and Catherine Barker

  69. Students Learning in a Social Context
  70. Sarah Cousins and Maggie Crowley

  71. Working Collaboratively

Jo Dallal and Anne Rawlings

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Carol Hayes is an author and researcher in early years with over 40 years’ experience working as a teacher and tutor. Her most recently held posts include Principal Lecturer at Staffordshire University and external examiner for the Open University.