The Essential Guide for Early Years Practitioners
Author: Tamsin Grimmer
This guide to understanding school readiness in young children is essential reading for early years practitioners; it explores the concept of school readiness by unpicking what the term means for children and how we can define it in the context of the characteristics of effective learning.
This includes ideas for promoting playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically. The book also considers how we can ensure schools are ready to receive children and suggests ways in which preschools and nurseries can work collaboratively with schools and engage parents and carers to ensure a smooth transition.
This is an essential read for anyone working in early years. This book is especially relevant, at this time of the current governments education ideology on testing young children and pushing young children to be doing more formal leanring. Tamsin explains very well how we can help to prepare children for school in a way which is holistic and nurturing. I particularly like the chapter on children ready schools. If you are a student in early years this is a must read for your book list. If you work with 3 and 4 years olds or work in a school this offers some great ideas on how to support the children.
Sonia Mainstone-Cotton, Freelance Nurture Consultant, Author
The aim of this book is to contribute to the debate, while putting children’s needs and considerations very much at the forefront, and acknowledging all of the key players – school, setting, policy makers, parents, children, press… But most of all children are central to the discussion because they are the ones who will be starting school and undergoing major changes in their daily routine and in the expectations placed on them. They will need high levels of wellbeing, self-awareness, self-esteem to cope with these changes… This is an excellent book.
Early Years Educator (EYE)
This book eloquently explores the often misused and rarely understood concept of school readiness by understanding that this involves more than achieving learning goals. By considering preparations for formal teaching methods to be rooted in the Characteristics of Effective Learning, Tamsin brings these concepts to life through personal anecdotes and illustrative case studies in ways immediately familiar to any practitioner.
Kathryn Peckham, Early Years Professional and author of Developing School Readiness: Creating Lifelong Learners
This book provides an invaluable guide to understanding the vexed and contested term of ‘school readiness’. By framing it within the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ it shapes an authentic context for what should underpin definitions of achievement in the EYFS. Its successful balance of practically grounded theory and real life exemplification make it a formidable contribution to the debate.
Jan Dubiel, International Director, Early Excellence
We hear a great deal about the problems teachers encounter when children start in Reception and just haven’t mastered the basics they need to benefit from school life, so this is a really important topic. By understanding the situations children find themselves in, Early Years practitioners are better placed to help. The book takes a well-rounded view that extends beyond the Early Learning Goals to look at the child and the situation as a whole, and the practical examples will guide and inform.
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