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Learning in Early Childhood

Learning in Early Childhood
A Whole Child Approach from birth to 8

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November 2011 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
By explaining the theoretical context and highlighting relevant research evidence, this book supports a whole child approach to learning in the early years. Drawing on case studies from a wide range of early years settings, the chapters consider how the different professions in education, health and social care can work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for all young children.

Included are chapters on:

·theories of learning

·partnerships with parents and carers

·motivation and self-esteem



·thinking skills

·approaches to play

·engaging early learners

·leadership and management

·multi-agency working

The links made between theory and practice, and the practical suggestions for how to make this happen in any early years setting, make this book a vital text for all early years students.

Pat Beckley
Historical Perspectives
Pat Beckley
Theories of Learning
Pat Beckley
Partnerships with Parents/Carers
Pat Beckley
Pedagogy in Practice
Pat Beckley
Motivation and Self-Esteem
Sue Lambert
Inclusion and 'Educating' the Whole Child
Helen Hendry
Diversity in the Early Years
Sharon Marsden
Thinking Skills
Lindy Nahmad-Williams
Approaches to Play
Jane Johnston
Enabling Environments
Alison Jakins
Learning and Teaching Styles
Pat Beckley
Leadership and Management in Early Years Settings
Becky Glenton
Engaging Early Learners
Pat Beckley
The Social Context
Anita Soni
Multi-Agency Working
Liz Creed
Forward Thinking and Forward Practice

'This book offers a comprehensive and well-structured overview of the early years. The traditons of good practice are conveyed alongside recent developments in our understanding of learning and teaching in the early years' -
Pat Broadhead, Professor of Playful Learning. Leeds Metropolitan University

'Each of the chaptes include learning objectives, case studies, points for discussion and suggestions for further reading, making this a useful text for both personal study and group reflection'
- Early Years Update

Really well laid out. Lots of aspects of children's learning explained clearly. A helpful companion for our students.

Sarah Holmes
Childhood & Youth Studies, Liverpool Hope University
January 15, 2018

A very good book that is very beneficial for students that can improve their knowledge.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
July 4, 2016

Good book for students learning about child development

Mrs Navjot Virk
Nursing, Counselling & Psychotherapy, Derby University
May 28, 2015

An excellent text with good coverage and very accessible to Level 5 and 6 students.

Mr Philip Selbie
Plymouth Institute of Education, University of Plymouth
April 21, 2015

A very accessible and supportive text for undergraduate early childhood studies students.

Mr Philip Selbie
Plymouth Institute of Education, Univ. of Plymouth
July 21, 2014

This is a nice read for first year early years degree students. The book provides an overview of theoretical perspectives of how children learn, inclusion and diversity in the early years and policy issues. Each section contains case studies and questions for discussion which provide for effective seminar sessions.

Miss Rebecca Bolan
Education, Carshalton College
August 30, 2013

Clear and easy to use students will love it.

Ms Jan Farnella
Early Years Department, West Herts College
August 8, 2013

Good to support students in understanding the importance of holistic development, contexts and time for children.

Mrs Kate Hulm
Bristol Centre For Care, Health & Educ, City of Bristol College
March 28, 2013

Some good examples of learning.

Ms Allison Dunhill
Education , Hull University
March 17, 2013

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