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Working with Two-year-olds
Developing Reflective Practice

ISBN 9781138600645
Published October 8, 2019 by Routledge
164 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Working with Two-year-olds is an accessible and practical guide into the developmental pathways of two-year-olds. The book uses established research and environmental and cultural effects to provide an essential background on two-year-old development, while incorporating reflective questions and tasks to encourage self-reflection throughout.

Divided into three clear parts, this book covers useful and interesting topics on the development of two-year-olds, such as:

  • Emotional and social development
  • Language and communicating
  • Disposition and mindset
  • Playful learning
  • Family life
  • Physical development

Providing theoretical overviews alongside practical ideas, and consistently encouraging critical self-reflection on all topics covered, Brierley has created an informative and constructive manual for students on Early Childhood courses and for practitioners and childminders on continuing professional development courses alike.

Table of Contents


About the Author



Part One - Getting Started with Reflection

  1. The Reflective Practitioner
  2. The Foundations for Learning: Developmental Theory
  3. Physical Development: Moving to Learn or Learning to Move?
  4. Communication and Language Development: Competent Communicators
  5. Part Two - The Building Blocks for Learning: The How of Learning

  6. Family Life
  7. Dispositions and Mindset
  8. Key Person
  9. Part Three - The Environment for Learning: Provision and Practice

  10. Playing and Learning
  11. Schema
  12. The Learning Environment
  13. The Documentation Process: Evidence of Learning

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Julie Brierley is a lecturer in Education and programme director of PGCE Early Years (3-7 years) at the University of Hull, UK. Having 17 years’ experience gained from working with two-year-old children, their families and nursery practitioners has inspired her to write this book.