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The Reflective Early Years Practitioner

The Reflective Early Years Practitioner

May 2013 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Work-based reflective learning is a key part of the professional development of practitioners working in the early years sector. The Reflective Early Years Practitioner focuses on the practitioner's role and development within a wide range of contexts.

Packed with case studies from different settings, and with points for reflection in each chapter, the author covers:

  • Developing as an early years practitioner
  • Reflective vocational progression
  • Pedagogical examples for Continuing Professional Development
  • Study skills to begin reflective practice
  • Professionalism and reflective leadership in the early years

Vital aspects of practice, such as identifying and planning for children with Special Educational Needs, developing inclusive teaching strategies and safeguarding young children, are highlighted within the chapters.

This is essential reading for students undertaking work-based and academic study in early years, and for those working towards graduate and professional qualifications. It provides readers with tools to practice work-based reflective learning on a daily basis, and going forward.

The Developing Early Years Practitioner
Being a Reflective Early Years Practitioner
Work-Based Reflective Learning
Reflective Vocational Progression
Work-Based Reflective Pedagogy
Being a Reflective Student
Reflecting upon Professionalism in the Early Years
Reflective Leadership
Reflective Learning Journeys
Continuing Learning Pathways and Future Reflections

'The author offers opportunity to reflect upon experience and brings together reflective practice and work-based learning, aiming to support the professional growth of a reflective early years workforce'
-Karen Ward, Senior Lecturer in Early Years, Birmingham City University

'An invaluable resource that will help you to reflect and evaluate practice, thus enhancing your effectiveness and enjoyment of your role'
-Martine Horvath, Early Years Educator

'This is a very empowering book describing the positive impact which engaging on a course of part-time, work-based academic study has had on the lives - personal and professional - of a large number of women. It skilfully combines practical ideas that early years practitioners and students can immediately pick up and use'

Early Years Update
Early Years Update

This is quite simply, an essential read for all early years students undertaking work-based and academic study, while working towards PGCE, Bed, EYPS, and so on. Covering topics, such as ‘professionalism and reflective leadership in the early years’ and ‘developing as an early years practitioner’, informed by empirical research and packed with case studies from a diverse range of settings, this is an invaluable resource that will help you to reflect and evaluate practice, thus enhancing your effectiveness and enjoyment of your role.

Martine Horvath

A clear book for students to understand. This was very well referenced by students doing their reflective module. I would recommend this book.

Mrs Rebecca Clare Ovenden
Wiltshire College, Wiltshire College
July 17, 2021

Excellent text to use with Early Years students

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

An excellent and accessible text to support undergraduate thinking. It provides expansive detail in relation to how reflective practice relates to the workplace

Mrs Karen Williams
Faculty of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
December 1, 2015

Informative, interesting, good level of information for the students.

Mrs Sarah Collyer
Childcare Department, Brooklands College
November 20, 2015

This is an excellent text, that provides students with an overview to develop their expertise in reflecting upon their practice. Chapter 9 discusses womens reflective voices about their learning experience, and explores a range of pathways within their learning journey.

Miss Jackie Sumner
Childhood & Youth Studies, Edge Hill University
October 6, 2015

Essential reading for Early Years students to become more reflective in their approach to their practice.

June 12, 2015

An informative book that would be useful for Level 3 + child care and early years courses. The book has clear chapters that are linked to core areas of the early years framework.

Miss Rebecca Pace
Health & Social Care, Walbottle Campus
June 8, 2015

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