Early Childhood: A Guide for Students

Editor(s) Tina Bruce
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd
Published 2006
Pages 344
Price £19.99
ISBN 9781412920766
Reviewed by Mrs Margaret Simms
Review published 20 October 2008

The cover of this book cleverly portrays a young girl destined to be a teacher as she draws her pictures ‘on the board’.

Editor Tina Bruce has pulled together the work of well-respected professionals such as Wendy Russell, Janet Moyles, Tony Bertram, Chris Pascal, Kathy Goouch and prominent others.

Early Childhood is indeed a guide for students: it is also an excellent resource for Early Years tutors, introducing a collection of the most difficult concepts and terms that students need to grasp; such as reflective practitioner, diversity and inclusion.

The book is divided into eight Sections: You and Your Learning, Working with Children, Understanding Child Development, The Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Professional Development, Leading and Managing.

All include exercises and case studies for readers. Section 7, Professional Development shows progression in the Early Years field with the inclusion of Wendy Russell’s Playwork and Maureen Brookson’s Working as a Teaching Assistant.

Early Childhood: A Guide for students would be a valuable addition to any student’s book collection.