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1st Edition

The Philosophy and Practice of Outstanding Early Years Provision

ISBN 9781138635333
Published June 17, 2018 by Routledge
202 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines the philosophical and theoretical foundations of early years practice, and supports practitioners as they reflect on the collective and personal rationales which motivate and inform their work with young children. Theoretical underpinnings are explored from a variety of perspectives, and are translated into effective strategies for application in a range of early years settings.

Featuring contributions from leading early years professionals, The Philosophy and Practice of Outstanding Early Years Provision draws on sound expertise to deepen the reader’s understanding of the concepts and ideas behind everyday practice. The book is divided into four easily navigated sections which explore key issues including the creation of enabling environments, leadership in the early years, the opportunities and challenges presented by diversity, and the value of creative approaches. Recommended strategies are discussed in relation to emerging global pressures and the needs of the contemporary child, inviting practitioners to modify and enhance future behaviour and practice.

This will be essential reading for students and practitioners who wish to improve current and future practice by gaining insight into the philosophical foundations which underpin outstanding provision.

Table of Contents


About the Contributors

Foreword by Dr Nick Gee


Part 1: Philosophy for an Enabling Environment

Chapter 1: The Contemporary Early Years World by Pat Beckley

Chapter 2: Philosophy in the Early Years and Foundation Stage: Playing with ideas by Aimee Quickfall

Chapter 3: Thinking about Leadership in the Early Years Sector by Jonathan Wainwright

Part 2: Diversity and Diverse Philosophical Ideas

Chapter 4: The Multicultural Classroom: Celebrating diversity and challenging disparities

by Ami Montgomery

Chapter 5: Creating and Thinking Critically by Pat Beckley

Chapter 6: Perspectives on Learning: A changing environment by Pat Beckley

Part 3: Philosophical Perspectives for Creativity

Chapter 7: Creativity in an Early Years Foundation Stage Setting by Emma Revill

with Pat Beckley

Chapter 8: Music in the Early Years by John Stafford

Chapter 9: At One with Nature by Pat Beckley and Karin Moen

Part 4: Wellbeing as a Foundation for Philosophy

Chapter 10: Wellbeing for Life in the Early Years by Pat Beckley and Liz Creed

Chapter 11: Adults Working with Young Children by Pat Beckley

Chapter 12: Early Years Challenges of the Future by Pat Beckley

Concluding Comments

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Pat Beckley is Senior Lecturer in the School of Teacher Development at Bishop Grosseteste University, UK. She teaches across the undergraduate, early years teacher status, and postgraduate primary and MA in education courses, and supports work within the research modules and dissertations throughout these programmes.