Inclusion and Early Years Practice

by Kathy Brodie,

Inclusion is a difficult, complex issue for which there are no off-the-shelf answers. To be an effective practitioner it is necessary to identify what makes each situation and circumstance unique and use this knowledge to develop strategies and approaches that are appropriate. This timely new text examines the key perceptions, perspectives and concepts around inclusion in the Early Years. Drawing on real-life experiences of practitioners, it considers the questions practitioners are likely to come across in their professional lives and how they might genuinely go about meeting the needs of all the children in their care.

The book covers all aspects of inclusion including special educational needs, gender and sexuality, multiculturalism, multilingualism, Roma and traveller communities and economic wellbeing. Each chapter features:

    • Case studies to develop reflective thinking
    • Boxed examples to illustrate key points
    • Questions to promote discussion and debate
    • Annotated further reading lists

With case studies drawn from current research and thinking points which encourage reflective practice, this book will be essential reading for students on early childhood studies programmes and early years foundation degrees that wish to become reflective and critically aware practitioners.

  • Taylor and Francis; February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781317701507
  • Edition: 1
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
  • Title: Inclusion and Early Years Practice
  • Author: Kathy Brodie (ed.); Keith Savage (ed.)
  • Imprint: Routledge

In The Press

"There are helpful case studies to encourage and develop reflective analytical thinking, with key points illustrated effectively in the ‘reflective practice boxes’. […] It is a very relevant and helpful book in that it deals with challenges and questions that practitioners are most likely to come across in their professional lives. It is essential reading material for all students on early childhood studies course and Early Years Foundation Degrees." – Martine Horvath, eye magazine

About The Author

Kathy Brodie is an Early Years Consultant, author and Lecturer. She delivers training on planning, observations, schema, working with under 2s, outdoor play, EYFS sustained shared thinking, profiles and Special Educational Needs. Kathy has also been an Early Years Professional assessor and mentor for NW Early Years Transformation Group (Chester, Liverpool Hope and Cumbria Universities) and previously lectured on the University of Chester's Early Childhood Studies course.

Keith Savage taught in primary schools and colleges for more than 20 years before retiring. He is currently a councillor on High Peak Borough Council in Derbyshire.