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Development & Learning for Very Young Children

Development & Learning for Very Young Children

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March 2009 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Focusing on the most critical years in a young child's development, the 0 to 3 age range, this book brings together the essential theory, policy, and practice for everyone working with young children. The book considers all relevant legislation.


Introduction: Claire Mould
1. Birth to Three Development and Learning

1 The holistic development of babies and young children

2 Understanding how babies develop and learn through documenting their learning journeys

Kate Wagner
3 Developing an appreciation of babies and young children’s behaviour – why do they do what they do?

Jane Bulkeley
Frances Morton
2. Birth to Three Policy to Practice

4 How current policy can link to holistic learning

5 Managing legislation and policies

Rebecca Morton
6 Establishing efficient self evaluation tools

Mike Carter
Jan Foreman
3. Effective Leadership and Management of Birth to Three Learning Environments

7 Developing and sustaining a successful birth to three learning environment

8 Leading effective birth to three teams

Lynn Beckett
9 Working in a multi-agency way

Jan Foreman and Claire Mould
Sue Ford
4. Establishing Effective Relationships

10 Establishing Effective Relationships with colleagues

11 Establishing Effective Relationships with parents

Karen Graham
12 Establishing Effective Relationships with babies and young children

Jillian Woodcock and Karen Southern
Debra Wickett
Reflective comment: Hilary Fabian

'[T]his book has been well planned and provides information which is relevant for students and teachers alike in supporting teaching and learning. In particular, the practical aspects of group tasks and discussion points enable the reader to develop their reflective skills through the knowledge gained' - ESCalate

'This informative and thought-provoking collection of essays brings together theory, policy and practice for practitioners working with children aged from birth to three years old...It would be a great resource for students' - Nursery World

Good range of case studies enable the students to enhance their reflective practice. The further reading, and links to websites serves to extend their practice. Overall a well laid out, and accessible text

Ms Yasmin Stefanov-King
Scarborough School of Education, Hull University
November 12, 2013

This informative and thought-provoking collection of essays brings together theory, policy and practice for practitioners working with children aged from birth to three years old and provides some useful case studies, points for reflection and discussion points in the usual Sage style. It is useful for students on Foundation degrees. The content, if anything, may be considered to be a little bit too general.

Mrs Abigail Gosling
Education Studies, Bedfordshire University
June 20, 2013

I will recommend this book to students. It makes clear links to theory and the case studies and group tasks are particularly helpful to help students link theory to practice. The presentation of this book is worth mentioning as the photos and discussion points break up the text which I think, particularly new students, will feel comfortable with.

Mrs Jackie Braithwaite
East Cheshire Business School, Macclesfield College
February 15, 2012

Some information is now dated (ECM)
Group tasks, case studies and reflection points are useful for seminar use.

Mrs Rebecca Kingsley-Jones
CAHE, University of the West of England, Bristol
July 14, 2011

THE TEXT IS VERY ACCESSIBLE FOR A RANGE OF STUDENTS STUdYING YOUNG CHILDREN. There are clear themes that link with undergraduate modules,across policy,to implementing practice.particularly helpful for students to apply theory to applications with good suggestions for observation and principles of effective practice. The text also enables students to conceptualize scenarios via relevant case studies in each chapter and key discussion points for reflection.

Dr Estelle Martin
Please select your department, University Campus Suffolk
March 31, 2011

Recommended to year one students to aid understanding of children's development.

Mrs Cyndy Hawkins
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
January 12, 2011

This text provides information on some key concerns for early years practitioners. It poses questions and activities to encourage reflection. Clear links are made between theory, policy and practice. A useful general text.

Mrs Michelle Williams
applied health sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
October 20, 2010

This book has been recommended for those student completing the working with families module

Mrs Janet Gargiulo
Health and Social Care, Glyndwr University
October 5, 2010

the academic level of writing is quite high for level three students, but the content and case studies have been useful to support me planning my lessons related to children's learning.

Miss Lyndsey Barnett
School Care Early Years and Access, Tresham Institute
May 5, 2010

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