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An Introduction to Early Childhood

An Introduction to Early Childhood

Third Edition
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May 2014 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Put together by an outstanding author team, including many authors from the University of Northampton, An Introduction to Early Childhood is a much loved book that helps you explore all the major themes in early years education and care, while providing you with real insight into the changing world of early childhood.

To further support your study, this edition has been expanded to include five new chapters including The History of Childhood, Play and Creativity, Children and the Media, Leadership and Management, and Reflective Practice.

This book further supports your study with outstanding learning features including:

·       Chapter objectives and introduction immediately introduce you to chapter concepts saving you time

·       More case studies provide deeper insight into how theory works in practice

·       Research in context boxes show how recent research is changing the world of early years

·       Reflective questions encourage you to think like a reflective practitioner

·       Chapter summaries aid your revision by recapping core concepts covered in each chapter
·       Further reading and recommended websites direct you to additional resources to further support your study.

This book also comes with a new companion website with access a wealth of additional resources including:

  1. Child Observation Videos give students a peek into a real Early Years settings and insight into child behaviour. These track particular children at different stages in their development, showing videos of the children 12 months apart in order to observe their development. Great basis for seminar discussions and student assignments.
  2. Employability podcasts providing hints and tips about going on your first placement and getting your first job
  3. Podcasts from chapter authors providing deeper insight into key topics
  4. Free SAGE Journal Articles to deepen students' understanding on core topics
  5. Web links directing to useful websites for further study and support in practice.

Michael Wyness
A History of Childhood: Adult Constructs and Children's Agency
Tim Waller
Modern Childhoods: Contemporary Theories and Children's Lives
Libby Lee-Hammond with Tim Waller
International Perspectives
Gill Handley
Children's Rights to Participation
Prospera Tedam
Understanding Diversity
Christine Hickman and Kyffin Jones
Inclusive Practice for Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Paulette Luff
Play and Creativity
Helen Tovey and Tim Waller
Outdoor Play and Learning
Jane O'Connor
Children and Media
Sharon Smith and Tania Hart
Child Health
Jane Waters
Celia Doyle
Protecting and Safeguarding Children
Eunice Lumsden and Celia Doyle
Working with Families
Denise Hevey
Professional Work in Early Childhood
Eunice Lumsden
Joined-up Thinking in Practice: An Exploration of Professional Collaboration
Geraldine Davis
Leadership and Change Management in Early Childhood
Jane Murray
Researching Young Children's Worlds
Caroline Jones
Reflective Practice


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Podcasts from chapter authors providing deeper insight into key topics
Employability podcasts providing hints and tips about going on your first placement and getting your first job.
Child Observation Videos give you peak into a real Early Years setting and insight into child behaviour.
Selected SAGE Journal Articles to deepen your understanding on core topics.
Web links direct you to useful websites to further your study and support you in practice.

A comprehensive and critical book that is essential reading for Foundation Degree students. The book's many case studies, and reflective and critical questions, will enable students to consider concepts and link theory to practice in an engaging and thought-provoking way.

Mrs Anna Colgan
Higher Education, Banbury and Bicester College
May 20, 2015

This will be the core text again for the next Year 2 students 2015/16

Ms Beccie Davis-yates
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
May 18, 2015

This book covers a range of topics which is helpful to students embarking on their studies. The range of case studies throughout the book provide useful activities and promote student reflection.

Mrs Samantha Sutton-Tsang
Early Years, Stourbridge College
April 29, 2015

An excellent book covering a variety of themes all current to childcare. Particularly useful for Health and Safeguarding as those are my areas of teaching at present.

Mrs Pamela Canning
early , North West Institute
March 24, 2015

A good introductory text that provides a foundation to the topics covered on the Foundation Degree programme.

Ms Karen Ashurst
Psychology , Wigan and Leigh College
March 20, 2015

A nice introductory book for the first year students.

Mrs Annette Trilk
Child care, Wakefield College
February 23, 2015

Very useful text.

Mrs Jan Gourd
Faculty of Education, University of St Mark & St John
February 17, 2015

Accessable information for range of students , encouraging use of underpinning theories.

Case studies able to be used for in class discussions and small group work, so helpful tutor resource as well.

Ms Jessica Johnson
School of Education, Kingston University
February 12, 2015

A well presented book with key points at the beginning of each chapter to help direct you as the reader.

Mrs Dawn Burnham
Dept Of Applied Health Sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
February 6, 2015

As with all Tim Waller texts, an excellent resource for all degree level students who are looking for quality writing in an accessible and manageable text.

Mrs Caroline Guard
School of Applied and Health Sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
February 4, 2015

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