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Development and Learning for Very Young Children

by Hilary Fabian and Claire Mould SAGE Publications Ltd
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Pbk 184 pages
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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.

Part 1. Birth to Three Development and Learning
1 The holistic development of babies and young children
2 Understanding how babies develop and learn through documenting their learning journeys
3 Developing an appreciation of babies and young children's behaviour – why do they do what they do?
Part 2. Birth to Three Policy to Practice
4 How current policy can link to holistic learning
5 Managing legislation and policies
6 Establishing efficient self evaluation tools
Part 3. Effective Leadership and Management of Birth to Three Learning Environments
7 Developing and sustaining a successful birth to three learning environment
8 Leading effective birth to three teams
9 Working in a multi-agency way
Part 4. Establishing Effective Relationships
10 Establishing Effective Relationships with colleagues
11 Establishing Effective Relationships with parents
12 Establishing Effective Relationships with babies and young children
Reflective comment

'[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