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Early Childhood Studies

Early Childhood Studies
A Student's Guide

Second Edition
Edited by:

February 2024 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The second edition of this indispensable textbook supports your academic development as you explore key concepts, theories, and practices. Engaging case studies bring theory to life, encouraging you to apply your knowledge in real-world scenarios. Reflect on your own beliefs and values with thought-provoking reflection points, while actionable steps guide you in translating theory into practice. Stay current with an extensive list of further readings, ensuring you remain at the forefront of research and practice. Includes key features such as:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Action points
  • Case studies
  • Reflection points
  • Spotlights on policy/research
  • Chapter summaries
  • Further readings

Each chapter begins with Learning Outcomes and ends with a summary, to guide your studies and package the most complex of subjects in a digestible and understandable form. Unsure how Early Years policies are implemented and impact young children? Curious about working with multilingual children and families? This updated edition covers topics ranging from children's neurological development, to the impact of technology and digital culture, to childhood disability and SEND. Complete and comprehensive, this is the only textbook that will support you from the moment your degree begins right up to your graduation.

Whether you're embarking on a career in early childhood or seeking a deeper understanding of this vital field, this book equips you with the essential knowledge and tools to make a positive impact in the lives of young children.

Chapter 1: The emergence of Early Childhood Studies: an historic overview
Chapter 2: The brain and children's early development
Chapter 3: The social and emotional development of children aged birth to three
Chapter 4: How Young Children Learn
Chapter 5: Creativity, curiosity and resilience
Chapter 6: Young children and early communication
Chapter 7: Developing children as critical Thinkers
Chapter 8: Family relationships in the early years
Chapter 9: Play in early childhood
Chapter 10: Diversity, equity, and inclusion
Chapter 11: Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND
Chapter 12: Young children’s rights: provision, protection and participation
Chapter 13: Children’s health
Chapter 14: Early years policy: implementation and impact
Chapter 15: 15 Safeguarding children
Chapter 16: Young children’s wellbeing: conceptualising, assessing and supporting wellbeing
Chapter 17: Working with multilingual children and families in the early years
Chapter 18: Multi-agency practice with young children
Chapter 19: Childhood in a global context
Chapter 20: Young Children, Childhood and Gender
Chapter 21: Technology and early digital culture
Chapter 22: Observing and assessing children
Chapter 23: Researching with children
Chapter 24: Learning through placements
Chapter 25: Leading quality practice

I like the inclusion of updated material in line with curriculum guidance and general practice updates. The book is set out well for students and provides a good bridging textbook to lead students to deeper and more specific reading.

Mrs Sarah Barton
Education, Portsmouth University
June 26, 2024

Fantastic ECS book for students, not many like this on the market.

Dr Louise Webber
Plymouth Institute of Education, Plymouth University
May 8, 2024

Very student friendly text, the inclusion of spotlights, suggested further readings and relevant case studies will allow early childhood studies students to develop their learning, knowledge and understanding of issues relevant to practice in the early years sector

Miss Anne O'Reilly
School of Humanities, South East Technological University
February 15, 2024

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