- To reflect upon how curriculum and practice differ across countries
- To consider the effects of national testing on children’s early years experiences
- To deepen your understanding of the hidden curriculum operating in your setting
- To deepen your understanding of the influences on your practice
- To consider how practice in your setting supports the development of knowledge, concepts, skills and attitudes of the children in your care
In seeking to understand the curriculum, an insight into historical developments and a consideration of the development of education policy provides a useful starting point.
Aldrich, R. (2001) A Century of Education, London: Routledge Falmer.
Coffey, A. (2001) Education and Social Change, Buckingham: Open University Press.
Tomlinson, S. (2001) Education in a Post-Welfare Society, Buckingham: Open University Press.
White, J. (Ed.) (2004) Rethinking the School Curriculum: Values, Aims and Purposes, London: Routledge Falmer.
For texts which focus on early years curricula see:
O’Donnell, M. (2013) Maria Montessori: A Critical Introduction to Key Themes and Debates, London: Bloomsbury.
Petrash, J. (2003) Understanding Waldorf Education, Edinburgh: Floris Books.
Palaiologou, I. (2013) The Early Years Foundation Stage: Theory and Practice (2nd edn.), London: Sage Publications.
Lee, W., Carr, M., Soutar, B. and Mitchell, L. (2012) Understanding the Te Whäriki Approach: Early Years Education in Practice, London: Routledge.
Clark, M. and Waller, T. (Eds.) (2007) Early Childhood Education and Care, Policy and Practice, London: Sage.
Holt, N. (2007) Bringing the High Scope Approach to your Early Years Practice, London: Routledge.
Isaacs, B. (2010) Bringing the Montessori Approach to your Early Years Practice (2nd Edition), London: Routledge.
Thornton, L. and Brunton, P. (2010) Bringing the Reggio Approach to your Early Years Practice (2nd Edition), London: Routledge.
Ang, L. (Ed.) (2013) The Early Years Curriculum: The UK Context and Beyond, Oxford: Routledge.