Book Review – The Early Years Foundation Stage: Theory and Practice

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Book Review – The Early Years Foundation Stage: Theory and Practice


Another month has passed and that means another book review.


This time I am looking at one of the books we have put onto our reading list at work. This one is all about the Early Years Foundation Stage. “Linking theory to practice”. I guess on many occasions while we navigate our careers through the turbulent times within the Early Years we continually hear this saying. Well, if I am honest linking the theory to our practice supports the understanding of why we are doing things, the approaches, the pedagogy and most importantly the nurturing aspect of the child.


There are many books out there on the Early Years Foundation Stage but this one feels a bit different. To start it has some great chapters focusing on aspects of the child. You get the feeling that because it’s named the Early Years Foundation Stage it may focus on aspects of the curriculum. But you would be mistaken. The book is divided into 4 parts:


Part 1 – Explores the policy context from which the EYFS emerged and offers an overview of the national picture.


Part 2 – Deals with the key issues on pedagogy. Focusing on the essence of pedagogy and the concept and most importantly the role of play within early childhood.


Part 3 – Explores the areas of learning, linking to the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) within the EYFS.


Part 4 – Looks at the key practical aspects and legal requirements of implementing the EYFS


What is included in this edition?

  • Réflective Practice
  • Chapters focusing on pedagogy, communication, language and literacy, mathematics and children’s health and wellbeing.
  • Coverage on Baseline Assessment
  • Case studies so you link to real life practice and a lens of child centred practice.
  • Linking to the outdoors
  • Self-regulation


Who is this book for?

Well, I am going to be honest, I think it is for everyone. When I mean everyone, I mean practitioners, teachers, students and academics. It is written with all of us in mind. As an edited book it is positive to see so many voices and explorations of both theory and practice come out o the book. We have adopted this book on our Early Childhood degree, and I have also shared across networks where head teachers want to support their knowledge further with regards to the EYFS.

I would recommend this book. It is a big one, a bumper book full of knowledge. But you can pick it up read one chapter and go back to others too. My favourite chapter is the one on Children’s Health and Wellbeing, by Jackie Musgrave. I do feel that we get so enclosed on discussing the curriculum that we need to support this aspect of the child so that they can thrive within their learning.


How many stars would I give it?

4.5 stars

Honest Review by Aaron Bradbury


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