Catherine Jones, Rhiannon Packer, Claire Pescott, Amanda Thomas and Karen McInnes at the book launch.
A NEW book which aims to support teachers and early years practitioners working with young children has been launched at the University of South Wales (USW).
Teaching Early Years: Theory and Practice has been edited by Amanda Thomas, Senior Lecturer in Early Years Education at USW, and Karen McInness, who is a research fellow at Norland College in Bath.
The book is a collaboration between academics and practitioners, with chapters written by USW teaching staff Claire Pescott, Rhiannon Packer, Philippa Watkins and Catherine Jones.
“The textbook focuses on the main areas of teaching young children between the ages of three and seven,” said a USW spokesperson.
“The key themes explores include play and playfulness in the curriculum, child development in practice, literary development and subject pedagogy, and creative and outdoor learning.
An exciting element of the book is that the chapters have been written with practitioners and academics as equal partners.
“The USW specialists involved are leaders in their field, and helped develop research that integrates theory and practice across the Early Years in both the Welsh and English context, and have helped develop case studies that will enhance practitioners’ understanding of how children think and learn.”
The first of two launches for the book took place at USW’s Newport Campus on December 6, to an audience of staff, students, and guests, while a second launch will be to an international audience at Churchill College, Cambridge on December 12, when USW academics will be showcasing the work as part of an invited expert panel on theory and practice in Early Years Education.