03/08/2021

Categories: Early Years and Childhood Studies, Undergradute

7 Great Books for Early Years Practitioners

Reading up on early years books can refresh your attitude, reboot your enthusiasm and give you new ideas for inspiring young children.

Young children are keen explorers, and it’s important to build a rich and stimulating environment for them to thrive. Sometimes, this means thinking outside the box, and having a decent library can help you branch out and try new things.

Here are some great books for early years practitioners, and combined, they offer plenty of activities to support your work, including for work experience and placements during your studies!

1. How to be an Outstanding Early Years Practitioner (Louise Burnham)

To take your career to the next level and become outstanding in your job, it’s vital to have patience and a lot of dedication. This book offers eleven chapters of advice to help you improve your studies and practice.

Key topics:

- Working with parents

- Planning, evaluation, observation and assessment

- Safeguarding

- Managing behaviour

- Continued professional development

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2. Getting it Right in Reception (Neil Farmer)

Reception class builds an important foundation for children, and this is one of the best early years books for making the most of this time. It explores ways to ensure they are prepared for more structured education in the years to follow.

Key topics:

- How to nurture independence, resilience and creativity

- Insights into the developments you can expect to see at reception level

- Case studies on how schools approach learning in reception class

3. 50 Fantastic Ideas for Small World Provocations (Judit Horvath)

If you need inspiration for open-ended play activities that inspire freedom and creativity, this book by Judit Horvath is one of the best early years books to read! 

Key topics:

- Activities using cardboard, plastic bottles and playing blocks

- Ideas to stimulate language, problem-solving and emotional development

4. 50 Fantastic Ideas for Fearless Play (Judit Horvath)

Another great book by the same author is 50 Fantastic Ideas for Fearless Play, which delivers new ways to ignite a sense of adventure in children. It’s ideal for early years practitioners looking to expand horizons and improve confidence. 

Key topics:

- How to give children confidence to try different activities

- Enhancing experiences in a controlled environment

- Practical play ideas to improve self-esteem

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5. 50 Fantastic Ideas for Exploring Food (Judit Horvath)

Food and nutrition are hugely important to the health and mental development of 4-5 year olds, and in this book are ideas for creating positive connections with food.

Key topics:

- Ideas and recipes that involve children in the food preparation process

- Ways to help children understand food origins

6. Will you be my Friend? (Molly Potter)

This is a highly accessible guide that can be shared and read together with children to help them understand friendship. It’s ideal for teachers, early years practitioners and parents, and can be used to help kids when they are struggling to build healthy relationships with others.

Key topics:

- Fun and easy-to-understand explanations of what makes a good friend

- Guidance on how to make and maintain friendships

- Colourful illustrations to engage young children

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7. Time to Discover Maths (Trudi Fitzhenry & Karen Murphy)

Maths is essential for improving logic in children, as well as nurturing vital life skills like problem solving. If you’re looking for an early years book with tips on making maths fun, read this!

Key topics:

- Activities for children aged up to 5 years

- Fun learning activities suitable for parents as well as early years practitioners

- Tips on observation and assessment

 

Are you interested in undergraduate or postgraduate training in early childhood studies? The University of Bolton puts students, and their needs first, and is a great place to launch your career or enjoy continued professional development. 

To find out more about applying for a place starting in September 2021, see our available courses.

Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

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