The New Early Years Professional

Dilemmas and Debates, 2nd Edition

Edited by Angela D. Nurse

© 2016 – Routledge

224 pages

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415585156
pub: 2016-03-01
Hardback: 9780415585149
pub: 2016-03-01
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About the Book

Issues to do with early years are a government and national focus in the UK. In England the introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the extension of the Early Years Professional Status programme have brought with them new questions for practitioners, both philosophically and professionally.

Celebrating the spirit of, and need for, increased multi-disciplinary working and co-operation in the care and education of children, this book brings together the dilemmas and debates in the study of early childhood. It supports the reader in understanding the background and context and encourages them to reflect on the challenges and possibilities of future early years and integrated working.

This new edition incorporates recent legislation such as the Early Years Foundation Stage and a detailed discussion of the issues surrounding child protection, the role of the social worker and children’s health. Chapters include:

  • safeguarding children
  • play and creativity
  • birth to three
  • special education needs
  • children’s learning
  • child development and psychology
  • health issues for children and families.

Adopting an analytical and reflective style appropriate for degree-level and postgraduate study, this book is a core text for all students on Early Childhood Studies and Early Years courses.


'The multidisciplinary approach that the authors provide brings together in one place a range of thought-provoking information which will be enormously useful for anyone - student or experienced practitioner - keen to grasp the 'big picture'. - Early Years Update

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction. 1. Putting the Early Years in Context 2. Multi-agency development and issues of communication3. The Family in Context4. Child Development and Psychology5. Children’s Learning6. Children Learning: a practical point of view7. Birth to Three8. Play and Creativity9. Health issues for children and families 10. Safeguarding Children11. Special Needs – a Parent’s Perspective12. Leadership13. Research in the Early Years14. International Perspectives

About the Editor

Angela Nurse is former Head of Department of Childhood Studies at Canterbury Christ University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten
EDUCATION / Professional Development