ABSTRACT

This book is the last in a series of books looking at the implications of the new Early Years Foundation Stage which became mandatory from September 2008 for all those in schools and other early years OFSTED-registered settings attended by children from birth to the end of the academic year in which they turn five. The first six books look at how to offer learning opportunities across the age ranges involved (namely from birth-20 months, 16-36 months and 30-60+ months) and each book addresses this in one of the six specified learning areas. Each book looks at storybooks, activities or learning stories as a starting point and each is rich in details of possible activities, suggestions of what to look out for, how to plan and resource, how to ensure your practice is effective and how to take account of making links with homes and cultures. This book takes a broader view and looks at planning in a more general and sometimes theoretical sense, and in doing this includes some reference to the work of each of the six other authors in the series. Look out for the symbols alerting you to the other titles: Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) by Sue Sheppy; Communication, Language and Literacy (CLL) by Helen Bradford: Knowledge and Understanding of the World (KUW) by Stella Louis; Creative Development (CD) by Pamela May; Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy (PSRN) by Anita M. Hughes; and Physical Development (PD) by Angela D. Nurse.