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- Publisher: OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 134mm x 212mm x 14mm | 299g
- Publication date: 1 October 1994
- Publication City/Country: Milton Keynes
- ISBN 10: 0335192300
- ISBN 13: 9780335192304
- Edition statement: New.
- Illustrations note: bibliography, index
- Sales rank: 834,478
This volume identifies and explores high quality work (and what shapes it) in early years education. It shows us children and adults variously working and playing, talking and communicating, learning and laughing, caring and sharing in a rich tapestry of case studies which highlight quality experiences and interactions. Every chapter is based around a particular case study, each one tackling a different issue: the curriculum, play, assessment, roles and relationships, special needs, partnerships with parents and equal opportunities. All the writers work together in early years education on a day-to-day basis enabling them to pool their different expertise to create a balanced but challenging approach. They give inspiring examples of, and outline underlying principles for, quality work and ask important questions of all those involved in the education and care of young children.
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"The book has a strong professional and practical style, and the material is presented in a skilful manner by experienced contributors. The result is a text which identifies and discusses quality inan accessible form for all interested adults, both parents and professionals, who are involved with young children, achieved largely without trivializing the issues which are addressed." - Education Today and Tomorrow "...an interesting and instructive lesson for us all." - Early Years
Table of contents
Introduction The Search for Quality in the Early Years 'A Quality Curriculum in the Early Years' Raising Some Questions 'Play is-fun, but it's hard work too' The Search for Quality Play in the Early Years 'Why involve me?' Encouraging Children and their Parents to Participate in the Assessment Process 'It's nice here now' Managing Young Children's Behaviour 'She'll have a go at anything' Towards an Equal Opportunities Policy 'We only speak English here, don't we?' Supporting Language Development in a Multi-Lingual Context 'People matter' The Role of Adults in Providing a Quality Learning Environment 'You feel like you belong' Establishing Partnerships Between Parents and Educators 'Look at me, I'm only two' Educate for the Under Threes Where Do We Go From Here? Concluding Thoughts Bibliography Index