1st 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

ISBN 9781138776401
Published March 25, 2016 by Routledge
544 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations

USD $49.95

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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  2. Principles, Practice and Professionalism  3. Students’ emotional lives, personal lives and achievements  4. Becoming an undergraduate: The transition from level 3 to level 4/5  5. Work-based learning  6. Partnership with employers and developing the practice of staff  7. Research and ethics  8. Reflective practice – theoretical background  9. Reflective tools and work-based learning; developing professional identity Section 2 The Learning and Development of Children 0-5  10. The Foundation Years: Babies  11. The Foundation Years: 2-3 year olds  12. The Foundation Years: 4-5 year olds  13. Holistic Development: Children Playing  14. Holistic Development: Children Thinking  15. Holistic Development: Learning and Cognitive Development  16. Holistic Development: Children’s Creativity  17. Holistic Development: Communication, language and literacy  18. Holistic Development: Children’s Health and Well-Being  19. Holistic Development: The social and emotional needs of children  20. Holistic Development: The Physical Development of Children  21. Outdoors  Section 3 The Child, Family and Society  22. Society’s expectations of children   23. The EYFS  24. Working with Parents  25. Safeguarding young children  26. Supporting inclusive practice in the early years  27. Equality, Diversity and Rights of the Child  28. SEND  Section 4 The Senior Practitioner-Professional  29. Legal and professional responsibilities  30. Observation including listening to children  31. Leadership  32. Mentoring, coaching and supervision  33. Quality  34. The link between disadvantage and educational underachievement and the role of Early Years practitioners  35. The Big Picture: Policy  36. Working Collaboratively/Multi-professional Working  37. Conclusion

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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