This book examines the philosophical and theoretical foundations of early years practice, and supports practitioners as they reflect on the collective and personal rationales which motivate and inform their work with young children. Theoretical underpinnings are explored from a variety of perspectives, and are translated into effective strategies for application in a range of early years settings.
Featuring contributions from leading early years professionals, The Philosophy and Practice of Outstanding Early Years Provision draws on sound expertise to deepen the reader's understanding of the concepts and ideas behind everyday practice. The book is divided into four easily navigated sections which explore key issues including the creation of enabling environments, leadership in the early years, the opportunities and challenges presented by diversity, and the value of creative approaches. Recommended strategies are discussed in relation to emerging global pressures and the needs of the contemporary child, inviting practitioners to modify and enhance future behaviour and practice.
This will be essential reading for students and practitioners who wish to improve current and future practice by gaining insight into the philosophical foundations which underpin outstanding provision.
Pat Beckley is Senior Lecturer in the School of Teacher Development at Bishop Grosseteste University, UK. She teaches across the undergraduate, early years teacher status, and postgraduate primary and MA in education courses, and supports work within the research modules and dissertations throughout these programmes.
About the Contributors
Foreword by Dr Nick Gee
Part 1: Philosophy for an Enabling Environment
Chapter 1: The Contemporary Early Years World by Pat Beckley
Chapter 2: Philosophy in the Early Years and Foundation Stage: Playing with ideas by Aimee Quickfall
Chapter 3: Thinking about Leadership in the Early Years Sector by Jonathan Wainwright
Part 2: Diversity and Diverse Philosophical Ideas
Chapter 4: The Multicultural Classroom: Celebrating diversity and challenging disparities
by Ami Montgomery
Chapter 5: Creating and Thinking Critically by Pat Beckley
Chapter 6: Perspectives on Learning: A changing environment by Pat Beckley
Part 3: Philosophical Perspectives for Creativity
Chapter 7: Creativity in an Early Years Foundation Stage Setting by Emma Revill
with Pat Beckley
Chapter 8: Music in the Early Years by John Stafford
Chapter 9: At One with Nature by Pat Beckley and Karin Moen
Part 4: Wellbeing as a Foundation for Philosophy
Chapter 10: Wellbeing for Life in the Early Years by Pat Beckley and Liz Creed
Chapter 11: Adults Working with Young Children by Pat Beckley
Chapter 12: Early Years Challenges of the Future by Pat Beckley