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Special Needs and Early Years

Special Needs and Early Years
A Practitioner Guide

Third Edition

December 2010 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In the third edition of this respected and influential textbook, Kate Wall blends theory and practice with an informative and highly accessible writing style to provide a detailed analysis of provision for young children with additional needs.

New to this edition are:

- up-to-date information on all the relevant policies and legislation, including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Every Child Matters (ECM) and the training guidelines for new SENCOs;

- a timeline showing the development of policies and legislation in the field;

- learning objectives at the beginning of chapters;

- points for reflection within chapters, to aid independent study and facilitate critical thinking;

- new case studies, which cover the Birth to 8 age range;

- new content on the role of fathers, pupil voice and listening to children, taking an holistic view of the child, and current issues around diversity and inclusion.

This book is essential reading for early years students and practitioners, and for all those working with young children with special educational needs and their families.

Legislation and Policy
Families of Children with Special Needs
Partnerships with Parents
Responding to the Affective Needs of Young Children
Observation and Assessment
Programmes of Intervention
Interagency Working
Inclusive Education for Young Children
Key Issues for Consideration

An essential text for all students and teachers working with children who have additional learning needs. This is a favourite of my students when they study for their ALN modules.

AACATS, Ystrad Mynach College
August 15, 2013

An excellent book for teachers and students alike. It will support in-class sessions to promote individual study. Current and accessible with an interesting slant on current issues such as cultural diversity and pupil's voice.

Sasha Pleasance
Care & Learning Opportunities, South Devon College
August 14, 2013

No soon as it had arrived I was using Chapter 1: Legislation and policy. A comprehensive and meaningful journey from the late 1800s to 2010 which served to contextualise learning and teaching. An excellent, totally relevant book, each chapter providing a summary, key issues, points for reflection and suggestions for further reading.

Mrs Irene Scott
Faculty , Chester University
May 31, 2013

An excellent reference book providing clear information on observation methods and linking to the EYFS.

Mrs Sharon Lock
Comm, Adult Education Centre
March 8, 2013

This is a thoughtful and informative book which the students are finding helpful. It has been a sound source of guidance and a posiive addition to our course recommendations. Thank you for the inspection copy.

Ms Margaret Foster
Education, Cumbria University
November 15, 2012

This is an essential text for students studying SEN in the early years. It makes very good links between theory and practice and is presented in an easily, accessible writing style, not only for students, but also providing up to date information for anyone presently working in the field of SEN and in need of updating their knowledge.

Mrs Gillian Danby
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
November 6, 2012

Excellent book which provides a wealth of information. It offers theories, case studies and strategies.

Miss Emma Baxter
School of Care, Ystrad Mynach College
August 15, 2012

Very useful text (clear and comprehensive with good opportunities for reflection) to support the content of the yr2 'Promoting Children's Play' module and sessions on 'equity in play'.

Mrs Eleonora Teszenyi
School of Education, The University of Northampton
July 20, 2012

This book will be a valuable addition to our inclusion resources for the BA QTS course as well as the PGCE. There are insufficent resources that capture SEND issues in the early years from birth to 5+.
Kate writes in a very readable style and with recommendations for further reading/research, plus the points for reflection make this book both accessible and versatile.
Chapter 4 really identifies a child with SEND as a real person first and foremost - something often forgotten by writers who do not come from an early years background.
Despite being published in 2011 there are some things that seem not to have been updated where others have. Edition 4, I guess!

Mrs Sheena Smart
Education, Brighton University
May 9, 2012

this book allows the students to see into the world of Special Needs for Early Years educators, children and parents alike through very accessible guidance which can be use at any level.

Mrs Kerrie Lee
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
May 8, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Legislation and policy

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