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Essential Nursery Management

Author : Susan Hay
ISBN : 9781134085507
Genre : Education
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Written by a highly acclaimed expert in the field, this practical and accessible book addresses all the critical aspects of effective nursery management. From leadership skills and one-to-one skills, developing and monitoring the curriculum; and staff training and appraisals, to astute financial management; marketing strategies and evaluating your nursery's service, this new, fully revised edition of Essential Nursery Management recognizes the huge changes that have taken place in public policy and parental awareness which have inspired practitioners to strive for quality and sustainability in their child care provision. Supported by real-life case-studies, examples of policies, procedures and rotas that can be adapted by the reader, Essential Nursery Management takes a close look at the political and social context in which child care services are provided today and asks: What do parents expect? What do employers want for their workforces? What rights do children have? How can child care providers work together for the benefit of children and families? This book will be invaluable to anyone wishing to fully engage with the demanding role of managing any early years settings, whether as part of studying at GNVQ or Foundation degree level or in day-to-day practice.

Thinking And Learning About Mathematics In The Early Years

Author : Linda Pound
ISBN : 9781134082292
Genre : Education
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How can early years practitioners help young children to become not only numerate but aspiring mathematicians who love numbers, shapes and mathematical comparisons? The introduction of the Foundation Stage has led to practitioners seeking ways to teach maths which are more in line with the creative and playful ways young children learn other subjects. Linda Pound draws on current thinking about children's mathematical development to show how you can encourage and enhance the numeracy skills of any child in the early years by linking maths to every-day life situations and making it a playful and enjoyable cross-curricular activity. This highly practical and engaging text includes chapters on: why maths is often seen as 'hard' and what practitioners can do to help young children be more successful exploring shapes, space, measures and patterns how to make maths more fun and playful, using games, humour, stories and rhymes using music and dance to enhance mathematical understanding encouraging children to see the connection between maths and everyday experiences through, for example sorting, matching and guessing creating an environment for mathematical development, indoors and out Concluding with a chapter on how practitioners and parents can become more confident in their use of maths, this user-friendly text, packed full of ideas, is essential reading for practitioners in any early years setting. Students on Early Education courses will also find much here to inspire them.

Music 3 5

Author : Susan Young
ISBN : 9781136024306
Genre : Education
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This book gives information, ideas and principles for music with three to five year olds that are both down-to-earth and up-to-date. Written in a style which is engaging and readable, it integrates recent theory and practice illustrating the discussion with examples and ideas taken from real life. Chapters in this inspiring and engaging book show practitioners how to: connect with the educational concepts and principles of using music in early years settings recognise and understand children’s musical starting points foster creativity through music support listening and communication through music learn the key areas of listening, singing, using instruments and dancing develop children’s musical understanding widen opportunities for music through resources, new technologies and visiting artist projects. Early years practitioners and students will find this a valuable introduction to music with young children. More experienced practitioners will find the contemporary ideas a source of inspiration. Books in this series address key issues for early years practitioners working in today’s Foundation Stage environments. Each title is packed full of practical activities, support, advice and guidance, all of which is in line with current government early years policy. The authors use their experience and expertise to write accessibly and informatively, emphasising through the use of case studies the practical aspects of the subject, whilst retaining strong theoretical underpinnings throughout.

How To Be An Outstanding Early Years Practitioner

Author : Louise Burnham
ISBN : 9781472934437
Genre : Education
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Early years practitioners are under an increasing amount of pressure to achieve an 'outstanding' grade in Ofsted inspections, particularly those who are newly qualified or in their first few years in the classroom. But why should the focus be on achieving that all-important grade for one day only? All practitioners should aspire to deliver outstanding practice on a daily basis. This comprehensive guide will help practitioners to do just that! Divided into easy-to-follow chapters, this book breaks down the specific importance of each key area, including: knowledge of the EYFS; relationships with others; planning and assessment; safeguarding and child protection. From advice that will help practitioners to adapt these key areas into their planning to practical ideas that will support them with a number of scenarios that could arise in the classroom, this book is ideal companion for any practitioner who is new to the profession.

Essential Skills For Managers Of Child Centred Settings

Author : Shelly Newstead
ISBN : 9781136645129
Genre : Education
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‘I found this book really insightful and a manageable read – everything is broken down into easy to read chunks. I've taken a lot from the book and the main message for me was that you need to be confident about your ideas, vision and objectives as a person as well as a manager.’ – Laura Watkins, manager at St Mary’s Fun Club, St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Barnsley, UK Managers in child-centred settings need to be able to draw on a wide range of personal and professional skills to ensure that they are providing the best possible service. Now in its second edition, Essential Skills for Managers of Child-Centred Settings looks at how you can develop the key leadership skills needed to manage people to achieve excellent settings for children. The authors outline ten ‘essential skills’ for leading and supporting those around you in your child-centred settings and offer sound advice so you can build your personal and professional skills and become a confident and assertive manager. With a balance of both accessible theory and practical application from a wide range of settings, this book explains management theory and will help you to develop the skills to: Become a confident leader; Set clear aims and objectives for your setting; Manage your time effectively; Make decisions and implement change; Build and develop a team; Reflect on and develop practice; Deal with difficult situations and people. This book also contains case studies and ‘real-life’ scenarios from managers undertaking training with the authors which will ensure you provide an excellent service in your setting. No manager or leader should be without this user-friendly guide!

School Inspection Self Evaluation

Author : John Macbeath
ISBN : 9781134148233
Genre : Education
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Written for heads and teachers, this forward-thinking book examines exactly what the relationship between inspection and self-evaluation means for schools and explores some of the underpinning issues, featuring examples of best practice from successful schools. It is full of useful advice on topics such as how schools can juggle ongoing self-evaluation with OFSTED’s expectations, how to use web sources to best advantage and what can be learnt from experience to lessen the anxiety in the relationship and make it more of a friendly and formative experience for all parties. Drawing on case studies from primary, secondary and special schools, this all-round overview should be of immediate interest to practitioners while also offering students and aspiring heads and teachers a valuable source of detailed information about the processes of inspection and self-assessment.

Drama 3 5

Author : Debbie Chalmers
ISBN : 9781317618089
Genre : Education
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Would you like to offer constructive, creative and exciting new dramatic learning experiences to the children in your setting? The importance of using drama to promote active and creative learning in the early years is widely recognised, and this fully updated second edition of Drama 3-5 will guide and inspire practitioners in all settings, allowing them to lead drama with confidence and enthusiasm. Young children participating in well planned drama activities learn to express themselves clearly and develop strong social skills, more self-confidence and a greater understanding of co-operation and team-work. Drama 3-5 contains a wide range of accessible activities and sample session plans, drawn from the author’s many years of extensive experience, which have all been fully and successfully tried and tested with children from 3-5 years. The book also explains the theory and value of all of the activities, as well as possible extensions and the ways in which they contribute to the learning objectives and goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage, allowing practitioners to encourage and assess children’s progress. Key chapters include: Building confidence Encouraging social interaction Mime and expression Speech and language Co-operation and teamwork Performance skills This book offers the tools and understanding needed for confident dramatic play and learning, making it an ideal companion to support every practitioner who wants to explore, develop and enjoy drama and have fun with their children.

Starting And Running A Nursery

Author : Helen Jameson
ISBN : 0748733477
Genre : Business & Economics
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Written for people who are planning, starting or running a nursery, this book provides an integrated approach to relevant business and child-care issues. It includes advice on market research, planning and acquiring premises, promoting the nursery, finance, banking, and managing a nursery business, including the management of staff. There are chapters on providing for children and working with their parents, and regular check-lists for the development of action plans.

Bringing The Montessori Approach To Your Early Years Practice

Author : Barbara Isaacs
ISBN : 9781136964848
Genre : Education
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This easy-to-read series provides an introduction to some of the most important early years philosophies and shows how they can be incorporated into your setting. Each book provides: an outline of the background to the approach clear explanations of the relevance to contemporary thinking suggestions to help you to plan a successful learning environment examples of what the individual approach can look like in practice. These convenient guides are essential to early years practitioners, students and parents who wish to fully understand what each approach means to their setting and children. Have you ever wondered what the Montessori approach is all about and how it can be used to benefit the young children in your setting? In this book Barbara Isaacs explains how the Montessori approach works and provides examples from schools and nurseries implementing Montessori principles. It includes guidance on planning and assessment methods and practical activities for practitioners to try. This new edition has been fully updated to include: the role of the Montessori practitioner an explanation of Montessori classroom management links to the key commitments of the EYFS and what they mean in Montessori settings examples to show how the six areas of learning and development in the EYFS are supported by Montessori learning materials. This convenient guide will help early years practitioners, students and parents to really understand what the Montessori approach means to their setting and children.

Beyond Quality In Early Childhood Education And Care

Author : Gunilla Dahlberg
ISBN : 9781135626556
Genre : Education
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Taking a broad approach, Beyond Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care relates issues of early childhood to the sociology of childhood, philosophy, ethics, political science and other fields and to an analysis of the world we live in today. It places these issues in a global context and draws on work from Canada, Sweden and Italy, including the world famous nurseries in Reggio Emilia. Working with postmodern ideas, this book questions the search to define and measure quality in the early childhood field and its tendency to reduce philosophical issues of value to purely technical and managerial issues of expert knowledge and measurement. With a brand new Preface to this classic text, the authors argue that there are other ways than the 'discourse of quality' for understanding and evaluating early childhood pedagogical work and relate these to alternative ways of understanding early childhood itself and the purposes of early childhood institutions.

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