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This new book on ‘Teaching Early Years’ provides a fresh take on the effective translation of an Early Years curriculum into practice. It advocates an early years pedagogy, which is experiential in nature and playful in approach, but also explicitly emphasises the role of the early years practitioner in the learning process. A key strength of the book therefore is its ability to bridge the gap between the early years of education and the early years of primary schooling, catering for children aged 0-7 years.
Throughout this book, practitioners have worked alongside academics to provide the reader with a fresh perspective on the Early Years curriculum, particularly play and playfulness, setting theory into meaningful contexts for practitioners. The text celebrates the uniqueness of the Early Years and helps readers to reflect on their own personal pedagogies around play and develop clear professional identities about what it means to teach young children.
T??????eaching Early Years: Theory and Practice takes key aspects of theory and effectively explains and exemplifies them through the lens of the practitioner. The case studies in each chapter enable trainees to discuss and reflect on their theoretical knowledge in real life contexts and supports their professional development.
The strength of this very accessible book is the breadth of the practice and academic backgrounds of the contributors as well as the range of relevant areas covered. It is particularly helpful to have a specific focus on well-being in the early years and the vital importance of understanding child development, alongside maths, science and English.
This textbook focuses on the main areas of teaching young children. Its coverage of the 3-7 years age range means it bridges the gap between Reception classes and KS1, enabling pupils to have a smooth and coherent transition that uses the best of both worlds.
An accessible and interesting book, covering some interesting topics.