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  1. Core reading 4 items
    1. Early childhood: a guide for students - Bruce, Tina 2010

      Book Core Text This is a good all-round introduction to the module content. Read Chapter 8, Introducing Child Development as a DLT.

    2. Early years foundations: critical issues 2014

      Book Recommended Reading Many of the chapters link to the themes we will be covering in this module.

    3. Contemporary issues in the early years 2014

      Book Core Text Chapters 13, 14 and 16 are especially relevant to this module.

    4. Community Playthings | Nursery school furniture and equipment

      Website Recommended Reading You can access lots of materials on the learning library including articles, case studies and videos which cover a range of themes in the module.

  2. Key Chapters 7 items
    1. The developing child in the 21st century: a global perspective on child development - Sandra Smidt 2013 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading Read Chapter 2 (p.16 - 29) The Child as Meaning Maker to understand Piaget. Chapter 3 (p.30 - 43) The Child as Social Constructor will help with Vygotsky.

    2. Childhood in society for early childhood studies - Rory McDowall Clark 2010

      Book Recommended Reading Read Chapter 1, p.5 – 17, The context of childhood. This will help with your understanding of Bronfenbrenner.

    3. Bringing the Reggio approach to your early years practice - Linda Thornton 2014 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading Please read before the week 13 Seminar.

    4. Theories and approaches to learning in the early years - Linda Miller, Linda Pound 2011

      Book Recommended Reading Read chapter 5 - Maria Montessori in the United Kingdom: 100 Years On, p. 71-85.

    5. Outdoor provision in the early years - Jan White 2011

      Book Recommended Reading Read chapter 5 - A responsive environment (p. 57 – 67).

    6. Child-initiated play and learning: planning for possibilities in the early years 2017 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading Read Chapter 6 - Play as a Space for Possibilities.

    7. Understanding schemas and emotion in early childhood - Cath Arnold, MyiLibrary c2010 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading Read Chapter 4 - Caitlin’s story.

  3. The Early Years Foundation Stage 12 items
    1. The 2017 early years foundation stage: statutory framework, outcomes and development matters - Great Britain. Department for Education, British Association for Early Childhood Education 2017

      Book Core Text A user-friendly paper version of the current EYFS framework.

    2. The early years foundation stage: theory and practice 2016

      Book Core Text This book breaks down all aspects of the EYFS and is helpful in understanding the curriculum.

    3. How children learn: the characteristics of effective early learning - Stewart, Nancy c2011

      Book Recommended Reading Covers the EYFS characteristics of effective learning.

    4. The early learning goals in practice - Liz Wilcock 2013

      Book Recommended Reading A good introduction to the prime and specific areas of learning in the EYFS.

    5. Parents as partners: positive relationships in the early years - Jennie Lindon, ProQuest (Firm) 2009 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading A good introduction to working with parents.

    6. Keeping safe: being safe and protected, discovering boundaries, making choices - Liz Wilcock 2014

      Book Recommended Reading A good introduction to one one of the key themes and principles of the EYFS.

    7. Working with Parents, Carers and Families in the Early Years: The essential guide - Teresa Wilson 2015 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading This text will support you in preparing for placement.

    8. The key person approach: positive relationships in the early years - Jennie Lindon, ProQuest (Firm) 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading An important aspect of the EYFS and links with attachment theory.

    9. Involving parents in their children's learning: a knowledge-sharing approach - Margy Whalley, Pen Green Centre (Corby, England) 2017

      Book Recommended Reading This text will support you in preparing for placement.

    10. Foundation Years | From pregnancy to children aged 5

      Website Core Text Here you can access the EYFS statutory framework documents.

    11. Home | Early Education

      Website Core Text Here you can access a copy of the Development Matters document.

  4. Theorists and Pioneers 13 items
    1. Theories of childhood: an introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget, and Vygotsky - Carol Garhart Mooney 2013 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading Some very useful chapters on key theorists.

    2. How children learn - Sean MacBlain 2014

      Book Core Text Chapters 1 and 2 explore many of the key theories and philosophies we will be focusing on in the module.

    3. Theories of early childhood education: developmental, behaviorist, and critical 2017 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading Look at chapters 1, 2, 4 and 5 for information on some of the key theories and philosophies we will be focusing on in the module.

    4. Learning theories in childhood - Colette Gray, Sean MacBlain 2015

      Book Core Text This text explores many of the key theories and philosophies we will be focusing on in the module.

    5. Maria Montessori - Marion O'Donnell c2007 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading Chapter 5 is particularly useful.

    6. Theories and approaches to learning in the early years - Linda Miller, Linda Pound 2011

      Book Recommended Reading This text explores many of the key theories, philosophies and approaches we will be focusing on in the module.

    7. Pioneers in early childhood education: the roots and legacies of Rachel and Margaret McMillan, Maria Montessori and Susan Isaacs - Patricia Giardiello, ProQuest (Firm) 2013 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading Chapters 2 and 3 cover the work of the McMillan sisters and Montessori.

    8. Early years pioneers in context: their lives, lasting influence and impact on practice today - Pam Jarvis, Louise Boyle Swiniarski, Wendy Holland 2017 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading Some good chapters on McMillan, Maria Montessori and Malaguzzi.

    9. The Routledge international handbook of philosophies and theories of early childhood education and care 2016 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading This text explores many of the key theories, philosophies and approaches we will be focusing on in the module.

    10. Theories of attachment: an introduction to Bowlby, Ainsworth, Gerber, Brazelton, Kennell, and Klaus - Carol Garhart Mooney 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading A really useful chapter on Bowlby.

    11. Understanding the Reggio approach: early years education in practice - Linda Thornton, Pat Brunton 2015 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading Chapters 1-3 are particularly useful for this module.

    12. Understanding the Te Whariki approach: early years education in practice - Wendy Lee, Wendy Lee 2013 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading A detailed breakdown of the elements of this approach.

    13. BBC Radio 4 - Mind Changers - Available now

      Webpage Independent Research Some lovely podcasts on Ainsworth, Piaget and Harlow.

  5. Learning and Development 8 items
    1. Active learning: a practical guide to how babies and young people learn - Helen Moylett 2013

      Book Recommended Reading A good introduction to this EYFS characteristic of effective learning.

    2. Health and wellbeing: growing and developing, physical wellbeing, emotional wellbeing - Anne O'Connor 2014

      Book Recommended Reading A good introduction to one one of the key themes and principles of the EYFS.

    3. Understanding schemas in young children: again! again! - Stella Louis, Liz Magraw, Sally Featherstone, ProQuest (Firm) 2013 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading A useful introduction to schemas which we will cover in one of the lectures.

    4. Child-initiated learning: positive relationships in the early years - Jennie Lindon, ProQuest (Firm) 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading A good introduction to one one of the key themes and principles of the EYFS.

    5. Child development: a skilful communicator, a competent learner - Linda Pound 2015

      Book Recommended Reading A good introduction to one one of the key themes and principles of the EYFS.

    6. Threads of thinking: schemas and young children's learning - Cathy Nutbrown 2011

      Book Recommended Reading Chapter 4 is particularly useful to access before or after our lecture on schemas.

    7. Young children's personal, social and emotional development - Marion Dowling 2014

      Book Recommended Reading Links to the EYFS Principle 'A Unique Child'

    8. Why love matters: how affection shapes a baby's brain - Sue Gerhardt 2014 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading Links with attachment theory which is a key area of exploration in the module.

  6. Play 2 items
    1. Engaging play - Liz Brooker, Susan Edwards 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading Explores different views of play and practice.

    2. The excellence of play - Janet Moyles 2014 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading Chapters 1 and 3 are particularly useful.

  7. Indoor and Outdoor Environments (Enabling Environments) 4 items
    1. Thinking critically about environments for young children: bridging theory and practice 2014

      Book Recommended Reading Part one is especially useful for this module but many chapters focus on the themes we will be exploring.

    2. Forest School in practice - Sara Knight 2016

      Book Recommended Reading A useful look at forest school provision for children in the UK.

    3. Outdoor provision in the early years - Jan White 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading Useful for considering all aspects of the outdoor learning environment.

  8. Placement 2 items
    1. Successful placements in early years settings - Jo Basford, Elaine Hodson 2011

      Book Recommended Reading This text will be helpful for both the theory and practice elements of the module. It is advised that you read chapter 2 before going into placement.

    2. Early years placements: a critical guide to outstanding work-based learning - Jackie Musgrave, Nicola Stobbs 2015

      Book Recommended Reading This text will be helpful for both the theory and practice elements of the module. It is advised that you read chapter 2, 4 and 6 before going into placement.

  9. Safeguarding 2 items
    1. Safeguarding and protecting children in the early years - James Reid 2013 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading A good book to support you before and during placement. Chapter 6 will be particularly helpful during your placement.

    2. Safeguarding babies and young children: a guide for early years professionals - John Powell, Elaine Uppal, ebrary, Inc 2012 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading A good book to support you before and during placement.

  10. Observation, Assessment and Planning 4 items
    1. Observing Harry: child development and learning 0-5 - Arnold, Cath, ebrary, Inc c2003 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading This is a really useful book to help you with holistic observations, and with understanding what you have observed.

    2. Developing High Quality Observation, Assessment and Planning in the Early Years: Made to measure - Lisa Sancisi, Margaret Edgington 2015 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading Some useful chapters on all aspects of observation, assessment and planning including how to involve parents and links to the curriculum.

    3. Early years observation and planning in practice: a practical guide for observation and planning in the EYFS - Jenny Barber, Sharon Paul-Smith, ProQuest (Firm) 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading A good introduction to observation and planning. The book includes some useful documents which will be helpful when building your portfolio.

    4. Planning for effective early learning: professional skills in developing a child-centred approach to planning - Jennie Lindon, ProQuest (Firm) c2011 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Reading A good introduction to the different types of planning used in settings.