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.

chapter |4 pages


part |56 pages

Philosophy for an enabling environment

part |44 pages

Diversity and diverse philosophical ideas

chapter 4|17 pages

The multicultural classroom

Celebrating diversity and challenging disparities

chapter 5|12 pages

Creating and thinking critically

chapter 6|13 pages

Perspectives on learning

A changing environment

part |40 pages

Philosophical perspectives for creativity

part |40 pages

Wellbeing as a foundation for philosophy

chapter 11|14 pages

Adults working with young children

chapter |2 pages

Concluding comments