This fully updated new edition offers a comprehensive, accessible, yet rigorous introduction to the study of Early Childhood that will will add value to any Early Childhood Studies course at both foundation and degree level. Addressing both care and education in the Early Years, the book considers a range of multi-disciplinary aspects of Early Childhood; including health, social, educational, psychological and sociological perspectives.

Early Childhood Studies engages the reader by providing real-world examples that underpin theoretical perspectives and bring examples to life, while encouraging practitioners to engage in reflective practice by considering their own similar experiences.

Key features include:

  • Engaging activities and case studies that bring theory to life
  • Cutting-edge research
  • Practical tasks and advice with points for further reading
  • End of chapter summaries, Reflective Tasks and Study Skills boxes in each chapter
  • Full colour illustrations throughout

This core introductory textbook is an indispensable resource for Early Years’ students and professionals, whatever their level of expertise or experience.

chapter |15 pages


ByJane Johnston, Lindy Nahmad-Williams, Ruby Oates, Val Wood

part 1|67 pages

History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Studies

chapter 1|36 pages

Theories and Theorists

ByJane Johnston, Val Wood

chapter 2|30 pages

Developing Your Own Philosophy

ByJane Johnston, Andrew Sanders

part 2|192 pages

Early Years Development

chapter 3|42 pages

Physical Development

ByLinda Cooper, Julianne Harlow

chapter 4|38 pages

Cognitive Development

ByJane Johnston, Ruby Oates

chapter 5|37 pages

Language Development

ByLindy Nahmad-Williams, Carol Fenton

chapter 6|37 pages

Emotional and Moral Development

ByJane Johnston, Val Wood

chapter 7|37 pages

Social Development

ByJane Johnston, Angela House, Ihsan Caillau-Foster

part 3|154 pages

Early Childhood

chapter 8|30 pages

Families, Home and Childhood

ByJane Johnston, Val Wood

chapter 9|40 pages

Early Education

ByLindy Nahmad-Williams, Helen Simmons

chapter 10|22 pages


ByEllen Yates

chapter 11|35 pages

Special Educational Needs and Inclusion: Policy and Practice

ByCarol Smith, Janice Reid, Debs Robinson

chapter 12|26 pages

Safeguarding Children

ByEmma Twigg

part 4|127 pages

Practitioners in Early Childhood

chapter 13|35 pages

The Early Years Professional

ByJane Johnston, Jenny Boldrin, Ruby Oates

chapter 14|34 pages

Reflective Practice

ByLindy Nahmad-Williams, Ruby Oates

chapter 15|32 pages

Working Together

ByJane Johnston, Judith Szenasi

chapter 16|25 pages

Leadership and Management of Early Years Settings

ByChris Johnston, Jane Johnston, Angela House, Carol Fenton