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Extending Professional Practice in the Early Years

Extending Professional Practice in the Early Years

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November 2011 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Extending Professional Practice in the Early Years is aimed at early years practitioners engaged in on-going learning and working in a diverse range of settings. It will be of interest to those undertaking undergraduate and graduate training in early years, and those involved in continuing their professional development. It is a valuable and unique resource for those in the later stages of their professional development.

The book encourages readers to take a critical stance in relation to a wide range of themes and issues which are reflected in the four parts of the book:

  • Listening to children
  • Diversity and transitions
  • Pedagogy and practice
  • Leadership and change

Throughout the book, authors reflect common concerns such as the rights of children, diversity, and a more holistic approach to working with young children, and highlight key research in the field.

Alison Clark
Ways of Seeing: Using the Mosaic Approach to Listen to Young Children's Perspectives
Dora Giusti, Roger Hart and Selim Iltus
Is My City or Community Child-Friendly?
Alison Stephenson
Horses in the Sandpit: Photography, Prolonged Involvement and 'Stepping back' as Strategies for Listening to Children's Voices
Rosie Flewitt
Conducting Research with Young Children: Some Ethical Considerations
Martin Woodhead
Promoting Young Children's Development: Implications of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Rose Drury
Jeanette Rhedding-Jones
Questioning Diversity
Christine Hickman and Kyffin Jones
Inclusive Practice for Children with Special Educational Needs
Jan Peeters and Michel Vandenbroeck
Childcare Practitioners and the Process of Professionalization
Alice Paige-Smith, Jonathan Rix and Anna Craft
Reflective Family-Centred Practices: Parents' Perspectives and Early Intervention
Siân Wyn Siencyn
The Challenges for Children Experiencing Rural Poverty in Wales
Liz Brooker
'Just Like Having a Best Friend': How Babies and Toddlers Construct Relationships with Their Key Workers in Nurseries
Sally Peters
'I Didn't Expect I Would Get Tons of Friends… More Each Day': Children's Experiences of Friendship during the Transition to School
Deborah Albon
Postmodern and Post-Structuralist Perspectives on Early Childhood Education
Linda Miller
Liz Jones, Rachel Holmes, Christina MacRae and Maggie MacLure
'Improper' Children
Christine Stephen, Joanna McPake and Lydia Plowman
Digital Technologies at Home: the Experiences of Three and Four-Year-Olds in Scotland
Mariane Hedegaard
A Cultural-Historical Theory of Children's Development
Trisha Maynard and Sarah Chicken
Through a Different Lens: Exploring Reggio Emilia in a Welsh Context
Pat Petrie, Janet Boddy, Claire Cameron, Ellen Heptinstall, Susan McQuail, Antonia Simon and Valerie Wigfall
Pedagogy: a Holistic, Personal Approach to Work with Children and Young People Across Services
Gill McGillivray
Constructions of Professional Identity
Mary E. Whalley
Leading and Managing in the Early Years
Jillian Rodd
Building and Leading a Team
Iram Siraj-Blatchford and Laura Manni
Effective Leadership in the Early Years Sector: The ELEYS Study
Judith Whitmarsh
Negotiating the Moral Maze: Developing Ethical Literacy in Multi-Agency Settings

'This important text will undoubtedly inform, challenge and inspire all those working with, or intending to work with, young children and their families. Highly recommended!' -
Professor Trisha Maynard, Canterbury Christ Church University, Chair of TACTYC

'A reference source and the range of authors whose contributions have been included is certainly impressive'
-Early Years Update

This is a used text to encourage student to refection on practice

Miss Lorna Wardle
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
October 30, 2015

Particularly useful for the developing professional practice units across level 4 to level 7 units.

Mrs Sarah Barton
School of Education, Portsmouth University
May 19, 2015

This book gives a good overview into professional practice in early years and looks at some of the challeges and solutions to issues raised.

HESC Office, Barnet College
April 20, 2015

An essential resource for students engaging in undergraduate and postgraduate study. Particularly welcomed are the chapters for pedagogy and practice as well as listening to the voice of the child. In depth and diverse in nature welcome read for the developing early years professional. Will be recommending as an essential read for my students as well as referencing in teaching.

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Beckett University
December 16, 2014

This is a fantastic resources for Level 5 courses on early years education. The articles are wide-ranging and thought provoking, and introduce students to fundamental issues, encouraging their critical skills. I particularly like the articles questioning the development approach to child development. Highly recommended.

Mrs Anna Colgan
Higher Education, Banbury and Bicester College
July 22, 2014

I particularly found useful the chapter on research methods. At times, students can find researching in the early years difficult. However, this chapter provides a very good simple overview of the research process.

Mr Sean Creaney
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
December 3, 2013

A great text for students and practitioners alike.
Sets the scene for prospective and training professionals, outlines key areas and gives ideas and inspiration on how to assess, interpret and promote them. Excellent.

Ms Caroline Brooks
Childcare & Early Years, Sheffield College
October 1, 2013

Some useful chapters which I would recommend to students seeking specific examples or to examine something in depth but very diverse, so not particularly a book which I would recommend to students to buy for general use.

Mrs Mary-Louise Maynes
Education, Bishop Grosseteste College
June 27, 2013

I enjoyed reading this. For example chapters on inclusion of children with special educational needs, and poverty in rural Wales brought interesting focus on specific issues.

Ms Carol Setchell
Education , Central Sussex College
June 13, 2013

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