Now in a fully updated second edition, The Student Practitioner in Early Childhood Studies provides accessible support and guidance for early childhood studies students in higher education who may have little, if any, experience of relating to young children in the early years foundation stage (EYFS) and key stage 1.

With useful chapter summaries, activities and reflection points to help readers track their academic journey, this text draws on the experiences of students on the degree programme for the benefit of students new to practice. This fully updated second edition includes two new chapters on 'The inclusive practitioner' and 'The safeguarding practitioner'. It will:

  • prepare students for the challenges of practice
  • provide a synthesis of academic knowledge and practice skills
  • develop students' critically reflective and creative thinking and understanding of early childhood pedagogy and the needs of young children
  • provide the emerging student practitioner in higher education with knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence to relate effectively with young children and adults in the early childhood setting.

Fully supporting students' practice experience and development of their critical and creative thinking, this book helpfully synthesises theory and practice in an applied and evaluative manner. The authors cover a range of themes including critical reflection, early childhood pedagogy, confidence building, communication skills, personal and professional development and employability alongside academic writing and research skills. This textbook is essential reading for students on all early childhood studies degree programmes.

chapter 1|18 pages

Studying early childhood

ByJenny Boldrin, Robin Sedgwick

chapter 2|15 pages

The emerging practitioner

ByEllen Yates, Emma Twigg, Su Wall, Michelle Appleby

chapter 3|20 pages

The developing practitioner

ByJudith Szenasi, Christine Hey

chapter 4|16 pages

The inclusive practitioner

BySu Wall

chapter 5|17 pages

The safeguarding practitioner

ByEmma Twigg

chapter 6|21 pages

The enabling and sustainable practitioner

ByJudith Szenasi, Ruby Oates, Christine Hey

chapter 7|15 pages

The critically reflective and creative practitioner

ByEllen Yates

chapter 8|16 pages

The student practitioner as researcher

ByCarol Fenton

chapter 9|20 pages

The student practitioner constructing a professional identity

ByRuby Oates, Helen Simmons

chapter 10|17 pages

The student practitioner as future leader

ByEllen Yates, Helen Simmons