Listening to Young Children in Early Years Settings

A Practical Guide

It is widely accepted that listening to and involving children in decisions about their care, learning and development can significantly improve the quality of early years provision. This book gives practical guidance on how to do this effectively.

Starting with a discussion about why we listen to children and the policies around this, the book explains how we can involve children in decision-making that is appropriate to their age and level of understanding. Packed full of examples and ideas that can be easily applied in practice, it covers how to listen to children's perspectives and involve them in staff recruitment and appraisals, classroom design, assessment processes for social services and EHC plans, and much more.

£14.99
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Press reviews for: Listening to Young Children in Early Years Settings

Kathy Brodie, author of Sustained Shared Thinking and Host of Early Years TV

This unique book is essential for anyone who wants to truly hear the child's voice. The variety and quality of the practical techniques means that there is a method for every situation, whether in the home, setting or community. Written with the characteristic Mainstone-Cotton empathy and understanding, it brings children to the centre of good practice.

Wendy Baker, Early Years Consultant and Trainer

An excellent and informative resource for all those working in early years. The book explores the important role of listening to children and their views. With lots of practical ideas, strategies and solutions to implement in your work.

Rachel Grant, Children's Services Manager

This book is an inspiring and timely reminder about how vital it is to listen to children in an intentional way and see the world through their eyes. The book is full of exciting practical ways to enable effective listening to young children whatever the setting.

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