Worcester Early Years Academics Join Forces to Produce New Book for Students

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Twelve academics from the University of Worcester’s Institute of Education have contributed to a new book aimed at students studying Early Years.

A Critical Companion to Early Childhood is edited by Worcester senior lecturers Michael Reed and Rosie Walker with chapters written by 10 of their colleagues.

Published by Sage, the book explores child development, play, safeguarding, professionalism and curriculum and policy.

The book comes with lots of online resources, including podcasts from the authors of each chapter, PowerPoints, journal articles related to each chapter and provides further reading and an interactive glossary.

“Our experience prompted us to carefully consider how students approach study topics and the way they engage with materials in textbooks,” Michael said. “For example, we can say that professional staff influence children’s wellbeing and contribute positively to the quality of provision, but there may also be a number of additional interconnected components, such as leadership, policy formation, community initiatives, qualifications, training, the professionalism exhibited by staff, and the way early years settings maintain relationships with parents. We therefore wanted the book to prompt the reader to see these interconnections and recognise the critical relationships between one aspect and another.”

Dr Karen Hanson, Head of the Centre for Early Childhood at the University of Worcester, said: “This text demonstrates the collaborative inter-professional working within the Centre for Early Childhood and throughout the Institute of Education at the University of Worcester, but also emphasises the need to look at comparative ideas from other contexts worldwide. She said that she was thrilled to have been involved in this excellent publication and incredibly proud and privileged to work within a team of expert authors who are totally committed to ever improving the standard of education and care of young children through the work they do with students.”