Understanding Children’s Development in the Early Years: Questions practitioners frequently ask, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Understanding Children’s Development in the Early Years

Questions practitioners frequently ask, 2nd Edition

By Christine Macintyre


168 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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Review of the first edition:

'This book provides a very accessible approach to building a better understanding of young children and their development and will be an interesting and useful read for both experienced early years practitioners and for students who are just beginning to build their practical experience.' - Early Years Update


This highly practical and fully updated new edition is full of case studies and helpful advice on how to enhance our understanding of very young children. Through working with many practitioners in different settings, Christine Macintyre offers down-to-earth strategies to enhance the learning of children in their care, and asks:

    • What are the key influences in encouraging children to achieve their potential?
    • Are the four aspects of children’s development equally important and how do they interact?
    • Does the play - based curriculum truly cater for children with a range of abilities and interests e.g. gifted and talented children and those who need extra support?
    • What new ways are there of enhancing learning?
    • How can we be sure that parents appreciate how we support their children in all aspects of their development?

With examples and case-studies drawn from a variety of real-life nursery practices, these interesting and thought-provoking scenarios will help enhance and develop the practice of all students and early years teachers.

Table of Contents

1: Setting the scene 2: The very beginning of learning 3: Observation, assessment, planning intervention and evaluation. The OAPIE cycle 4:Play – A child’s life 5: Understanding Motor Development 6:Understanding social development 7: Understanding emotional development 8: Understanding moral development 9: Understanding intellectual development.

About the Author

Christine Macintyre, formerly a teacher and lecturer at Moray House, Edinburgh University, now works as an early years consultant specialising in the field of movement development. She is currently working with staff who teach children with profound and complex needs and has written many books based on researching developmental issues.

About the Series

Essential Guides for Early Years Practitioners

The books in this exciting new series have been written to closely mirror major modules in the GNVQ in Childcare (levels 1 & 2). Packed full of illustrations, practical ideas, support and advice, this series addresses the key issues arising from working in today’s nursery and school environments.

Benefit from the experiences of our highly qualified authors to help you captivate and inspire the children in the early years of their education.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten
EDUCATION / Inclusive Education