Foundations of Early Childhood
Principles and Practice
- Penny Mukherji
- Louise Dryden - Middlesex University, UK
'This text will be an invaluable addition to the reading of students and tutors alike. It has been written thoughtfully for students embarking on university courses that study aspects of early childhood education. The introductory chapters give the reader a sense of the thinking and reflection that is helpful for them at the beginning of their studies and a clear focus on the rights of our youngest children roots the text in a sound pedagogical frame. The later chapters broaden the argument and feel very relevant to the current context in their explorations of the policy and practice of EYFS. I would strongly recommend this text.'
-Jo Albin-Clark, Senior Lecturer in Early Years Education, Edge Hill University
This book introduces all the most important aspects of early years care and education, and will help you develop the key skills needed to study at degree level.
Each chapter introduces major concepts and theories which allow you to explore the foundations of key early childhood issues and apply them in practice. Topics include:
- Children’s rights
- The Early Years curriculum
- How children learn and develop
- Health and well-being
As well as looking at important aspects of study such as:
- How to search primary sources, such as policy documents and journals
- How to use your personal experience in studying
- How to develop critical reading and writing skills
With specific learning features designed for different levels of study, this book will be invaluable to students studying at levels 4 and 5 of early childhood degrees and foundation degrees, with features designed to support students as they make the transition to honours level study.
Digital resources for extra support!
Check out the companion website for additional material including:
- interactive glossary flashcards
- journal tasks
- web links to more handy online resources
Check out this book's accompanying website for additional online resources!
‘This book is essential reading for all involved in the study of early childhood, addressing key themes, ideas and topical debates relevant for early childhood students at undergraduate level. The Editors have provided a lucid, readable and clear contribution to our knowledge and understanding of early childhood.’
‘This book is a welcome addition to the growing scholarly publications about children in the Early Years. The case studies bring the subject matter to life. The points for reflection will help to develop the vital skill of reflective practice. I particularly enjoyed reading "upholding children's rights in early years settings. It was refreshing to see that the rights of babies are highlighted in the chapter.’
This is an invaluable addition to anyone’s early years library, with particular relevance for students (specifically those studying at levels four and five of their early childhood degrees) and tutors. The book covers key topics, such as children’s rights; the early years curriculum; how children learn and develop; health and wellbeing. It is a book that would thoroughly support any student making the transition to honours level study. There are some terrific little reflection activities aiming to implement good theory into practice in a helpful and purposeful way. A particularly interesting and influential chapter is the one around neuroscientific findings and how these are shaping and influencing early childhood policy.
So far in my studies this book has been very helpful during my research as it has covered the majority of areas in my course.
I like how the book is split into sections with the names of those who have written it as this makes it much easier when it comes to referencing. Having the glossary has also been very useful when looking for specific information.
I particularly found chapter 1 very useful and it gave me an idea of what my course would include, and it prepared me for what was ahead.
So far, I haven’t found any faults with the book, it has done everything that I would expect it to.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is starting a degree in Early Years.
Recommended as a supplement when studying a Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education.
Well written, covering all essential subjects for the degree students
A good all round text book introducing major concepts and theories for those wishing to work with children in the Early Years
This text provides such a range of interesting chapters that would be relevant to any student studying early childhood.
This is great book for those who are interested in the foundations of early childhood. It can be an ideal textbook for students and tutors in the field and it is strongly recommended for university courses. It introduces all the most important aspects of early years care and education, and will help you develop the key skills needed to study at degree level. Importantly, it goes beyond theory and puts theoretical aspects and principles of early childhood into practice.
I have recommended this book to foundation degree students as one to purchase as it covers most topics they will study at level 4 and 5. The book is separated into useful parts with each chapter presenting useful reflection points. The first chapter "Studying for a degree" is really useful. I would recommend this book for level 4 and 5 - particularly students studying an early years foundation degree or children and young people foundation degree.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Part 1- Chapter 2: Upholding Children’s Rights in Early Years Settings