One of our new series, Learning and Teaching in the Early Years, exploring the EYFS Characteristics of Effective Early Learning. Creating and Thinking Critically provides an in-depth look at how babies and young children think, develop and learn, exploring the connection between theory and practice.
- What creating and thinking critically looks like
- How it can be supported and developed
- How the early years environment can support children's development
The Learning and Teaching in the Early Years is a new series providing practical guidance to how babies and young children learn and develop.
It is designed to provide practitioners with an in-depth understanding of the three key characteristics of effective learning creating and thinking critically, active learning and playing and exploring, and how these are linked together.
Together, the three books provide essential best practice guidance on how to actively engage with babies and young children and extend their learning, keeping their interests and natural dispositions at heart.
About the author
Di Chilvers has worked in the early years sector for over 35 years and continues to be fascinated about the ways in which young children develop, think and learn. Originally trained as a nursery nurse (NNEB), then a teacher. Di has a MA in Early Childhood Education and is working towards a qualification in psychology. For more information please visit Di's website at: www.dichilvers.co.uk
"The author has produced one of those rare books which make a difficult topic easily understandable without trivialising it in any way. The illustrated case studies, the lists of key points, the links to practice, and the points for reflection all combine to make this book highly recommended for all early years professionals who believe that children are creative and competent learners and thinkers from birth, and want to affirm, or reaffirm, their beliefs and practice"
Early Years Update 107, April 2013
"A broad and well-balanced text which is clear and simple for students to understand ... this is a key area for students and therefore a very welcome publication"
Catherine Gripton, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University
"I feel the book is invaluable to anyone working within the early years. It is clearly written with sound theoretical references. It's real strength is the practical examples and case studies portraying the thinking process in young children and how adults may successfully support this"
Clare Bailey, Childminding Network Co-ordinator, Stockport
"Di Chilvers captures the essential concepts in this practical guide to how children are encouraged to be creative and think critically. It is very up-to-date and relevant to the childcare practitioner's role. I particularly love the use of photographs to show sequences and examples."
Lucy Frain, Lecturer, Tresham College.