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The Early Years Handbook for Students and Practitioners
An essential guide for the foundation degree and levels 4 and 5

Edited By

Lyn Trodd

ISBN 9781138776401
Published March 25, 2016 by Routledge
544 Pages 56 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 students studying at levels 4 and 5, including on Foundation Degrees and Early Childhood Studies degrees. Designed and written by the Chair of the SEFDEY (Sector-Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years) Network and a team of expert contributors, this book covers the essential skills, knowledge and understanding you need to become an inspiring and effective early years practitioner.

Divided into four parts: The Student-Practitioner-Professional; The Learning and Development of Children 0-5; 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. Throughout there is a strong emphasis on supporting your transition to undergraduate study, developing your academic skills and encouraging you to be an active learner. In every chapter, the book seeks to help you develop your professional identity and features:

    • Activities to help you to reflect on your own practice
    • ‘Provocations’ to promote discussion and debate
    • Case study examples and photographs to illustrate key points
    • ‘From Research to Practice’ boxes outlining key research in the field and implications for practice.

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

Section 1 The Student-Practitioner-Professional  1. Introduction to this book SEFDEY Committee  2. Principles, Practice and Professionalism, To include evidence-based practice  Dr Lyn Trodd (University of Hertfordshire)  3. Students’ emotional lives, personal lives and achievements Eva Mikuska (University of Chichester)  4. Becoming an undergraduate: The transition from level 3 to level 4/5 Jonathan Ratcliffe (Blackpool and Fylde College) 5. Work-based learning Dr Caroline Jones (University of Warwick) and Jo Dallal (Kingston University)  6. Partnership with employers and developing the practice of staff Yasmin Mukadam (Kingston University) and Eva Mikuska (University of Chichester)  7. Research and ethics Joe Brown (City of Bristol College) and Darryn Thomson (University College Suffolk)  8. Reflective practice – theoretical background Dr Karen Hanson and Karen Appleby (University of Worcester)  9. Reflective tools and work-based learning; developing professional identity Dr Gill Goodliff and Sue McKeogh (Open University) Section 2 The Learning and Development of Children 0-5  10. The Foundation Years: Babies Isobel McDougal and Jill Brown (Bath Spa University)  11. The Foundation Years: 2-3 year olds Amanda Clarkson, Anglia Ruskin University and Jayne Knott (University of Hull)  12. The Foundation Years: 4-5 year olds  Dr Nicola Smith and Debbie Reel (University College Birmingham)  13. Holistic Development: Children Playing Viki Bennett and Nicki Henderson (Bath Spa University)  14. Holistic Development: Children Thinking  Dr Lyn Trodd (University of Hertfordshire) and Dr Gill Goodliff (Open University)  15. Holistic Development: Learning and Cognitive Development (incl. Characteristics of Effective Learning and Sustained Shared Thinking) Kate Hulm (City of Bristol College)  16. Holistic Development: Children’s Creativity Dianne Solly (University of Hertfordshire)    17. Holistic Development: Communication, language and literacy  Claire Beresford et al. (Craven College)  18. Holistic Development: Children’s Health and Well-Being  Christine Collins (University of Hertfordshire) and Sharon Smith University of Northampton  19. Holistic Development: The social and emotional needs of children Tricia Johnson (Consultant)  20. Holistic Development: The Physical Development of Children Mark Wilkins (Weston College) and Kath Goodsir (Bath Spa University)  21. Outdoors Dr Pam Jarvis, Jane George and Wendy Holland (Bradford College University Centre)  Section 3 The Child, Family and Society  22. Society’s expectations of children (to include concepts of childhood) Dawn Evans (New College Swindon) and Kath Goodsir (Bath Spa University)  23. The EYFS Yasmin Mukadam and Kawal Kaur (Kingston University)  24. Working with Parents Ute Ward (University of Hertfordshire)  25. Safeguarding young children Dr Allison Boggis (University College Suffolk)  26. Supporting inclusive practice in the early years Dr Allison Boggis (University College Suffolk)  27. Equality, Diversity and Rights of the Child Pere Ayling (University College Suffolk)  Section 4 The Senior Practitioner-Professional  28. Legal and professional responsibilities Carol Hayes (University of Staffordshire)  29. Observation including listening to children Janet Harvell (University of Worcester) and Sam McMahon (University of Huddersfield)  30. Leadership Shan Lockwood (Craven College) and Anita Williams (Swindon College)  31. Mentoring, coaching and supervision Ute Ward and Christine Collins (University of Hertfordshire)  32. Quality Professor Danielle Carey (University College Birmingham)  33. The Big Picture: Policy (to include Early Interventions, Field, Allen etc.) Chelle Davison (Leeds Met University)  34. Working Collaboratively/Multi-professional Working Jo Dallal, (Kingston University)  35. Conclusion  Dr Lyn Trodd (University of Hertfordshire)

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Lyn Trodd (editor) is Associate Dean, UK and International Collaboration in the School of Education at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. She is also Chair of the SEFDEY network.


"The Early Years Handbook for Students and Practitioners should be on an essential book list for everyone who is involved or interested in early years education. It covers an extremely comprehensive range of subjects which are written by authors from different but relevant backgrounds and experiences. This is a strength of this book as each author brings a fresh approach and style, always eminently readable and with a common thread of providing reflection and provocation points which involve the reader in their ideas."

Heather Lowe, Homerton Children’s Centre, Cambridge, UK

"A comprehensive guide for those working in the early years which covers the key areas of theory and practice. The range of authors compliment the breadth and depth of the publication. A good all round text for practitioners and those supporting practitioner development."

Mary Briggs, Oxford Brookes University, UK

"This book covers a wide range of relevant issues both for new and more experienced early childhood studies students in an accessible format. It provides excellent material for stimulating professional discussion and reflection."

Lesley Dove, University of Bolton, UK

"This is an essential guide for those students filled with the fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding they need to become inspiring effective early years practitioners."

Martine Horvath, EYE