This accessible text encourages readers to understand and confidently engage with distinctive early years pedagogy. It shows how pedagogy not only underpins the early years curriculum but is also inherent in the role of the adult and the experiences that are offered to young children.

The book explains what the differing early years pedagogies are, why they are encouraged, and the knowledge, skills, and practice that are required to work with them. Emphasising that what works in one situation may not in another and a wider pedagogical knowledge is essential to ensure quality outcomes for children, it considers key topics such as:

  • the role of the pedagogue and developing your own style
  • promoting a lifelong love of learning in children under your care
  • sensitivity and inclusion for all children’s cultures and communities
  • promoting the rights of every child under your care.

Incorporating reflection points and research tasks to support independent learning, this is essential reading for students on Early Childhood Studies courses and Early Years Foundation Degrees as well as early years practitioners.

chapter |8 pages


A case for early years pedagogy

chapter 1|24 pages

The early years pedagogue

Underpinning the role of the adult

chapter 2|24 pages

Exploring pedagogy for the early years

Building your signature early years pedagogy

chapter 3|23 pages

A holistic and flourishing pedagogy

Promoting a love for lifelong learning

chapter 4|28 pages

The pedagogy of play

The natural language of the child

chapter 5|23 pages

Child-initiated and adult-led pedagogy

Moving from a balance to embracing the synergy

chapter 6|27 pages

A participatory pedagogy

The human right of every child

chapter 7|24 pages

Relational pedagogy

Relationships in dialogic spaces

chapter 8|25 pages

The pedagogy of nature

Moving beyond outdoor play

chapter 9|28 pages

Creative pedagogy

Nurturing the characteristics of creativity

chapter 10|25 pages

A pedagogy for parents and families

Embodying the natural pedagogy of parents in early childhood education

chapter 11|26 pages

A culturally responsive pedagogy

Embracing children’s cultures and communities

chapter 12|28 pages

Sustainable pedagogical leadership

The preservation and development of early years pedagogies

chapter |3 pages

Final thought

Toward lived pedagogies