Development & Learning for Very Young Children

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Hilary Fabian, Claire Mould
SAGE, Mar 5, 2009 - Education - 184 pages
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'[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

'This is a very well edited collection easily accessible to everyone involved in the early years, with the common thread being the holistic nature of very young children's learning. Using the contents of the different chapters for reflection and analysis, those implementing the new Early Years Foundation Stage will be able to promote and enhance children's development and learning experiences and certainly their own practices...This book powerfully reminds readers of what is at the heart of their care and learning interactions with babies and young children' - Professor Emeritus Janet Moyles, Play Consultant

With a focus on the most critical years in a young child's development, this book brings together the essential theory, policy and practice for everyone working with young children. Concentrating on the 0 to 3 age range, the book considers all relevant legislation such as Every Child Matters and the new Early Years Foundation Stage.

The content is organized into four sections:

- development and learning;

- policy to practice;

- leadership and management;

- establishing effective relationships.

Examining the influence of policy on practice, issues covered include the stages of child development, observing young children, making partnerships with parents, building relationships within and between teams, working in a multi-agency way and creating a caring and stimulating environment.

To illustrate practice and aid reflection, the chapters have:

- chapter objectives;

- case studies;

- group tasks;

- discussion points;

- recommendations for further reading;

- useful websites.

Suitable for all early years students and practitioners, it is a must-have resource.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
SECTION 1 DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING
5
1 The Holistic Development of Babies and Young Children
9
2 Understanding How Babies Develop and Learn Through Documenting Their Learning Journeys
23
3 Developing an Appreciation of Babies and Young Childrens Behaviour Why Do They Do What They Do?
34
SECTION 2 POLICY TO PRACTICE
45
4 How Current Policy Can Link to Holistic Learning
49
5 Managing Legislation and Policy
59
8 Leading Effective Early Years Teams
103
9 Working in a MultiAgency Way
114
SECTION 4 ESTABLISHING EFFECTIVE RELATIONSHIPS
123
10 Establishing Effective Relationships with Colleagues
127
11 Establishing Effective Relationships with Parents
137
12 Establishing Effective Relationships with Babies and Young Children
146
Conclusion
156
Glossary
159

6 Establishing Efficient SelfEvaluation Tools
76
SECTION 3 EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
87
7 Developing and Sustaining a Successful Learning Environment
91

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