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100 Ideas for Developing Good Practice in the Early Years

Wendy Bowkett, Stephen Bowkett

This book will be essential reading for all practitioners concerned with developing good practice in early years settings. It provides one hundred practical and engaging ideas covering aspects such as creating an effective learning environment and developing the children's social, emotional and learning skills.
Chapters on creating the ethos, organization, social development, skills for learning, and imagination and play.

24x16cm  112 pages  $27.00  

100 Ideas for Teaching Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Judith Thwaites

Provides a practical, dip-in resource to help early years teachers meet the requirements of the Personal, Social and Emotional area of the framework.

24x17cm  116 pages  $27.00  

Assessment in Early Childhood Settings

Margaret Carr (NZ)

This book shows that an early childhood setting can be described as a learning place in which children develop learning dispositions such as resilience in the face of uncertainty, confidence to express their ideas, and collaborative and thoughtful approaches to problem-solving. These dispositions provide the starting point for life-long learning.
The author asks: How can we assess and track children's learning in the early years in a way that includes learning dispositions and avoids the pitfalls of over-formal methods, whilst being helpful for practitioners, interesting for families, and supportive for learners?
The book describes a way of assessment that stays close to the children's real experiences and provides an alternative to mechanistic and fragmented approaches, shows how practitioners can assess what really matters: those learning dispositions (interest, involvement and perseverance for example) that provide a foundation for life-long learning.
The book is about weaving theory and practice: theorizing development and learning as reflected in assessment practice. The author also argues that unless we find ways to assess complex outcomes in early childhood they will be excluded from the teaching and the learning. Simple and low level outcomes and goals will take their place. The theoretical ideas and arguments are illustrated throughout by transcripts and stories of children in a range of early childhood settings. At every turn in the journey it asks: How is this reflected in a real life context? It documents the voices of children, practitioners and parents as the learning story develops.

24x16cm  224 pages  $56.95  

Attention and Listening in the Early Years

Sharon Garforth

The ability to attend, to listen and to look are prerequisites to all forms of learning. By facilitating children's attention and listening skills, we are able to give them a better chance of achieving their potential in communication, speech and language, and therefore learning skills.

Attention and Listening in the Early Years is an innovative course designed for groups of children aged 2-4. Each group session is planned around a theme such as 'The Farm' or 'The Zoo'. The themes provide an anchor for the children to gain meaning from the listening activities, games and songs that will help them learn to sit still, not talk, look at the speaker and think about the words - all vital skills in good listening. Complete with full instructions, including lists of the equipment needed for each session and the auditory and visual objectives of each activity, the book also includes photocopiable detailed preparation plans and shorter prompt plans for use during the sessions.

Each session should run for no longer than 15 to 25 minutes, and will be a fun and fruitful alternative to traditional circle-time for early years practitioners such as playgroup and preschool leaders, and speech and language therapists.

29x21cm  144 pages  $39.95  

Authentic Assessment for Early Childhood Intervention

Best Practices

Stephen J Bagnato

Meeting a crucial need, this book provides clear recommendations for authentic developmental assessment of children from infancy to age 6, including those with developmental delays and disabilities. It describes principles and strategies for collecting information about children's everyday activities in the home, preschool, and community, which provides a valid basis for intervention planning and progress monitoring. Throughout, the book emphasizes the importance of enlisting parents as partners with practitioners and teachers in observation and team-based decision making. Special features of this well-organized, accessible volume include recommendations for developmentally appropriate assessment tools and "Best-Practice Guidepoints" in each chapter that distill key professional standards and practices.

23x13cm  315 pages  $46.95  

Behavior Problems in Preschool Children

Clinical and Developmental Issues 2nd ed

Susan B Campbell

Provides a comprehensive clinical-developmental framework for understanding and treating behavior problems. Offering a highly readable account of the developmental tasks and transitions that young children face in cognitive, social, and family contexts, the book helps readers distinguish between typical, age-appropriate behaviors and those that may signify a more persistent problem. in early childhood.
Particular attention is given to the critical question of how certain children manage to successfully overcome difficult transitions, while others face the risk of serious, ongoing problems. Epidemiological and diagnostic information is presented: risk and protective factors discussed: and intervention approaches reviewed. Including a wealth of case examples, many chapters in the second edition have been entirely rewritten and all have been substantially updated to reflect new directions in the burgeoning field of developmental psychopathology. Incorporated are important new findings on family and peer influences on development: data from longitudinal outcome studies, prevention trials, and treatment studies: and recommendations for improving the quality and availability of child care and early intervention programs.

23x15cm  344 pages  $54.95  

Beyond Behavior Management

The Six Life Skills Children Need to Thrive in Today's World

Jenna Bilmes

Why do kids do the things they do? What can teachers do to manage it all? The truth is that there isn't a simple 1-2-3 method for understanding and managing "all" behaviors or "all"children. There is, however, a way to give young children the tools needed to grow and thrive on their own.
Developed and tested in the classroom, this is a strength-based approach to guiding and managing young children's behavior by helping them build and use essential life skills. Eight chapters seamlessly blend six social and emotional skills into the daily life of the early childhood classroom to help children exhibit more prosocial behaviors, work better as a community, and become excited and active learners. Life skills include the following:
Attachment-"I have a grown-up who cherishes me and keeps me safe."
Affiliation-"I am a part of the group, not apart from the group."
Self-regulation-"I can manage my emotions and am in control of my behaviors." Problem solving-"I can solve problems and resolve conflicts."
Initiative-"I am growing and changing and learning new things."
Celebration of self and others-"I have unique qualities to contribute, and so do you."
Appendices include reflective questions and charts, as well as scripts for interacting with children and adults.

28x22cm  240 pages  $46.00  

Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood Settings

Creating a Place for All Children

Susan Hart Bell, Victoria W. Carr, et al

Learn to manage a wide range of challenging behaviors in early childhood settings with this strategy-filled resource for teachers and other professionals. The book helps early childhood teams assess the classroom environment and link effective behavioral interventions to developmentally appropriate curricula and teaching practices.

25x18cm  214 pages  $56.00  

Creative Coping Skills for Children

Emotional Support through Arts and Crafts Activities

Bonnie Thomas

Some children need quiet and soothing activities to calm them down, whereas others require more physical activity or intense sensory input to relax their minds and bodies.
This resource comprises a collection of fun, flexible, tried-and-tested activities and make-it-yourself workbooks for parents and professionals to help a child in need of extra emotional support find the coping skills that fit them best. Each activity lists the materials required and includes clear directions for how to do it. There is something for every child: whether they are dynamic and creative or more cerebral and literal. Projects include making wish fairies, dream catchers, and mandalas; managing unstructured time with activities such as creating comics, dioramas and tongue twisters; and simple ideas for instant soothing, such as taking deep breaths, blowing bubbles, making silly faces, and playing music. Also includes specific interventions for anxious or grieving children such as making worry dolls and memory shrines.
This book is full of fun, easy, creative project ideas for parents of children aged 3-12, teachers, counselors, play therapists, social workers, and all professionals working with children.

28x22cm  192 pages  $42.00  

Early Childhood Education Intervention Treatment Planner


Covers interventions for such situations as aggressive behavior, articulation, attachment, autism, depression, eating concerns, expressive language delay, generalized anxiety, hearing deficits, moderate/severe cognitive impairment, oppositional behaviour, school entry readiness, sensory integration needs, separation anxiety, shyness/social phobia, and a number of others.

25x17cm  240 pages  $89.95  

Fun With Messy Play

Ideas and Activities for Children with Special Needs

Tracey Beckerleq

Funny smells, sticky hands and squishy textures are all part of the way in which children develop sensory awareness. Fun with Messy Play is an exciting activity book that heightens the sensory perception of children with special needs through the imaginative use of everyday 'messy' materials like baked beans, condensed milk, jelly or glue. The activities in this book are fun for children and help to improve their co-ordination, communicative and cognitive abilities, as well as their self-esteem and social skills. Each exercise focuses the child on a movement or sensation that they will later be able to apply to everyday life. By allowing children to explore their senses while having fun, messy play provides a relaxing therapy that encourages sensory responsiveness without placing stressful expectations on the child.

23x17cm  160 pages  $36.95  

Getting It Right From the Start

The Principal's Guide to Early Childhood Education

Marjorie J Kostelnik, Marilyn L Grady

Prepare our youngest students for future learning success with effective ECE programs!
To ensure that young children are ready for school, elementary schools are becoming increasingly involved in early childhood education (ECE), and more and more principals have to deal with ECE issues. Now this practical manual shows principals what successful ECE programs look like—and how to achieve quality results in their schools and communities.
Provides an inside view of the field, touching on key areas of operation and discussing ways to avoid common pitfalls. Blending research-based content with practical applications, this accessible guide helps principals and other administrators:
Gain a foundational understanding of how very young children learn
Create quality environments and practices for teaching early learners
Provide the kind of feedback staff need to improve
Work successfully with ECE agencies and providers
Easily implement the strategies outlined using reproducible forms, templates, and checklists
This comprehensive resource presents the information principals need to become key players in educating our nation's youngest learners!

24x16cm  344 pages  $73.00  

Handbook of Preschool Mental Health

Development, Disorders, and Treatement

Joan L Luby

This important volume comprehensively explores the development of psychiatric disorders in 2- to 6-year-olds, detailing how the growing empirical knowledge base may lead to improved interventions for young children and their families. Leading contributors examine advances in the conceptualization and diagnosis of early-onset disruptive disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, eating and sleeping disorders, autism, and other clinical problems. Promising treatment strategies are described, including developmentally specific behavioural and play therapies, and available evidence for their effectiveness is presented. The literature on preschool psychopharmacology is also reviewed. Throughout, the discussion is grounded in the many recent advances on normative developmental processes in the preschool period.

23x15cm  430 pages  $52.95  

Helping Children to be Strong

Ann Roberts & April Harpley

Provides direct advice, information and ideas on how to help children be stron within an early years setting. One of a series which includes practical activities to support the area of learning, outcomes for the child, professional focus points and ideas for staff discussion

25x17cm  85 pages  $29.95  

How to Handle Hard-to-Handle Preschoolers

A Guide for Early Childhood Educators

Maryln Appelbaum

This user-friendly resource provides early childhood educators with a comprehensive overview of the most common kinds of behavioral disorders and learning disabilities in children ages 2 to 5, with guidelines for meeting students’ needs within an inclusive environment.
This ready-to-go guide is packed with hundreds of easy-to-implement strategies, tips, and techniques for managing behavioral disorders—from ADHD to Tourette's syndrome. Each chapter covers one or more disorders and includes a wealth of checklists to help teachers succeed with and understand hard-to-handle children.
Illustrates ways to help young children learn how to: Develop the ability to regulate their own behavior, Solve problems, Replace negative behaviors with positive ones, Handle their emotions appropriately, Succeed in the classroom and in everyday life.
Empowers teachers with the tools necessary for transforming a negative, disruptive classroom into a positive environment for learning.

23x14cm  136 pages  $41.95  

Identifying Additional Learning Needs in the Early Years

Listening to the Children

Christine Macintyre

I know there is something wrong, but what? How do I know if outside help for this child is needed? How do I tell parents that their child could have a learning difficulty?
These are questions that most pre-school and child-care staff, at some point in their careers, will have to face. Based on the lives of real children and typical situations in early years settings, early years practitioners will find this book invaluable in helping them care for and educate young children with additional learning difficulties.
Attention Deficit Disorder, dyspraxia, dyslexia and autism are some of the difficulties explained in depth, with detailed suggestions to help support children with these special needs.
Each chapter has an explanation section supported by a set of practical strategies to support both the child and the practitioner. Throughout this lively book, the author uses case studies to highlight the importance of listening to young children and shows how making time for listening is key to providing exactly the right level of help.

21x13cm  160 pages  $51.00  

Leadership in Early Childhood

3rd ed

Jillian Rodd

With community insistence on quality early childhood programs in a time of increasing accountability, skilled leadership is essential in early childhood services. Leadership in Early Childhood is a practical resource for early childhood practitioners who want to understand how to create successful childcare and early education settings.
This third edition has been fully revised and reflects important changes affecting leaders in early childhood: increasing flexibility required of children's services, working in multidisciplinary teams, and an increasing emphasis on the importance of early education. This edition also includes new case studies and examples based on an extensive international study of early childhood leaders.

24x16cm  304 pages  $39.95  

Magic Years

Understanding and Handling the Problems Of Early Childhood

Selma H. Fraiberg

50th Anniversary Edition
Takes the reader into the mind of the child, showing how he confronts the world and learns to cope with it. With great warmth and perception, she discusses the problems at each stage of development and reveals the qualities -- above all, the quality of understanding -- that can provide the right answer at critical moments.

22x14cm  296 pages  $24.95  

Positive Discipline for Childcare Providers

A Practical and Effective Plan for Every Preschool and Daycare Program

Jane Nelsen & Cheryl Erwin

offers a thorough, practical program that is easily adaptable to any childcare situation. Based on proven methods and written by two renowned parenting experts, inside are workable solutions to many of today's toughest childcare issues.
You'll learn how to: -Create a setting where children can laugh, learn, and grow -Support healthy physical, emotional, and cognitive development in all children, including those with special needs -Encourage parents to establish a partnership with you and provide the same kind, firm limits and respectful environment at home -Uncover support and learning opportunities for yourself and fellow childcare providers

23x19cm  368 pages  $33.00  

Positive Discipline for Preschoolers

For Their Early Years - Raising Children Who Are Responsible, Respectful, and Resourceful 3rd ed

Jane Nelsen, cheryl Erwin, Roslyn Duffy

This classic title in the bestselling Positive Discipline series guides parents in helping their young children learn valuable social skills both in and outside the classroom while avoiding the power struggles that often come with the challenges of learning and growing.

23x19cm  356 pages  $33.00  

What Every Parent Needs To Know

The Remarkable effects of love, nurture and play on your child's development

Margot Sunderland

Discover the chemistry of love between you and your touch, laughter and play stimulate hormones that boost the capacity to love life.
Find out the truth about childcare strategies from research into how a baby's brain is moulded by experience.
Learn how to respond to temper tantrums and tears and ensure a good night's sleep for you and your baby.

24x18cm  288 pages  $39.95