Working with Babies and Children: From Birth to Three

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SAGE, Sep 25, 2008 - Education - 224 pages
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'This book should be required reading for all those with responsibility for children under the age of three and is the ideal guide for students on training courses...or for those pursuing continuing professional development - Early Years Educator

'All the material presented is accessible and is an invaluable source of information for further research....It comes highly recommended' - Early Years Update

'From the very first page, Cathy Nutbrown and Jools Page lay down the twin cornerstones of this fabulous book, the sheer brilliance of babies' minds and the daunting challenges facing those who work with them professionally....This is a principled book, underpinned by a commitment to advocacy and respect for under threes. Yet it is practical too, rich in case vignettes and linked reflections. I hope it will come to be regarded as required reading by those with responsibility for children under three' - Peter Elfer, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Roehampton University

This book is an essential companion for all who work with children under three. It makes current research accessible, and provides practical support material for curriculum, learning, teaching, planning and assessment. The authors focus on work in settings of all kinds to promote best practice and offer a high quality experience for the age range.

Key features of the book are:

- a theoretical foundation relevant to different social contexts

- an accessible summary of research into learning and development

- a review of current policies on provision

- a discussion of international approaches to support learning and development

- case studies and practice-based examples of approaches to developing effective and appropriate provision in group settings and home care.

This book is for students on initial training courses including foundation degrees, NVQ, early childhood studies degrees and those seeking Early Years Professional Status. It is also for practitioners whether in initial training, BA and MA degrees or in continuing professional development.


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Part I Research and Policy in Work with Under Threes
1 What Do We Know about Children Under Three?
2 Policies for the Youngest Children
Part II What Does it Look Like in Practice? What Can I Do?
3 Planning for Learning and Development
4 Environments for Learning
5 Developing Profiles of Individual Children
6 Case Studies of Effective Practice
Key Issues
Author index
Subject index

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About the author (2008)

Cathy Nutbrown is Professor of Education and Director for Research at the School of Education, University of Sheffield. Her work has involved the role of artists in residence in early years settings; inclusion in the early years; children’s rights; curriculum development; early literacy work with parents; and the ethical issues of research involving young children. Cathy teaches on the Masters and Doctoral Programmes in Early Childhood Education. She began her career as a teacher of young children and has since worked in a range of settings and roles with children, parents, teachers and other early childhood educators.Cathy is committed to finding ways of working ‘with respect’ with young children, and sees the concept of quality in the context of what it means to develop curriculum and pedagogy in the early years with the ambition of working in a climate of ‘respectful education’. She is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Early Childhood Research and has authored several books with SAGE.

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