Programming and Planning in Early Childhood Settings,
7th Edition

Leonie Arthur, Bronwyn Beecher, Elizabeth Death, Sue Dockett, Sue Farmer

ISBN-13: 9780170386326 | ISBN-10: 0170386325

Copyright 2018

| Published 2017

| 480 pages

List Price USD $102.25


Programming & Planning in Early Childhood Settings explores a range of approaches to curriculum and to documenting children’s learning in early childhood settings. This valuable resource for early childhood education students and practitioners provides a broad view of the concepts and issues in early childhood curriculum. Chapters reflect ongoing discussions about what is meant by the terms ‘planning’ and ‘programming’ in the context of early childhood, what is authentic curriculum for young children, and effective teaching strategies to extend young children’s learning. The strong focus on sociocultural theories of learning promotes awareness of children’s diverse experiences, competencies and learning styles, and helps readers recognise the need for collaborative partnerships between educators, children and families in order to develop appropriate programs. Thoroughly revised and updated, this new edition shows how chapters of the text are relevant to the Australian Professional Standards for teachers, and highlights connections to the school-based context. Numerous real-life examples, reflections, articles and case studies assist students to understand a variety of educational theories, philosophies and frameworks. Throughout the book there is a focus on the processes of reflection, evaluation and ongoing improvement.

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Meet the Authors

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Leonie Arthur has worked in long day care, preschool and the early years of school across New South Wales and the Northern Territory and in teacher education at Western Sydney University. Her recent research and current projects focus on effective play-based pedagogies, practitioner research and literacy learning and teaching. Leonie was also one of the members of the CSU-led consortium that developed the Early Years Learning Framework.

Bronwyn Beecher has worked in the early years of school in diverse sociocultural contexts and in primary and early childhood education at Western Sydney University. Later she worked on an early literacy project with children, families and educators in preschool communities in Western Sydney. Her research continues to investigate family, community and educator partnerships, strengthening pedagogical practices and children’s learning and literacy practices at home and in settings. Additional research areas include learning through play and the visual arts.

Elizabeth Death is Chief Executive Officer of the Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA), a peak body representing a significant percentage of the nation’s not-for-profit and private providers of early learning and care services. Elizabeth has a broad experience base in social policy and service delivery coupled with a strong record of achievement in both the public and not-for-profit sectors. Elizabeth has worked in ministers’ offices, government departments, universities and not-for-profit organisations at national and state levels with a focus on education, Aboriginal affairs, community services and remote communities, bringing a particular depth in early childhood education.

Sue Dockett is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Charles Sturt University. She has worked as an educator and academic in the field of early childhood for over 30 years. Much of her current research agenda is focused on educational transitions, particularly transitions to school and the expectations, experiences and perceptions of all involved. Her other research areas include children’s play, participatory, rights-based research and researching with children.

Sue Farmer has worked in a wide range of early childhood education and early childhood intervention settings and management positions since the mid-1970s. She worked at the University of Western Sydney and within the TAFE system for many years. She is the author of Policy Development in Early Childhood Services and Collaborative Documentation and Planning. Sue has been involved in many early childhood professional organisations and her project work has focused on providing mentoring in early childhood settings to support cultural competency and inclusion, developing the publication Journeys of Inclusion.

  • More discussion about intentional teaching and technological play in Chapter 3 'Thinking about children'
  • Chapter 1 'Setting the scene', covers updates to policies and priorities, and includes a discussion of the effects of the NDIS rollout to Early Childhood Intervention
  • More examples from the early years of schooling highlight connections to the school-based context
  • Additional examples on direct instruction in Chapter 7 'Curriculum approaches and pedagogies'
  • Updated links to EYLF and ACARA documentation in Chapter 7 'Curriculum approaches and pedagogies'
  • Updated to reflect the latest developments in the Australian early childhood scene, keeping students at the forefront of best practice.
  • ‘Reflection points’ within the chapters encourage students to pause and reflect on the material they have just read and their own practices, to facilitate ongoing learning.
  • Features a strong focus on working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, along with extensive examples from early childhood settings in central Australia.
  • Provides information on continuity of learning and transition to school, with specific strategies to support children, families and educators to experience a smooth transition and strengthen relationships and communication across settings.
  • Examples throughout the text demonstrate how the concepts and theory you are learning about have been applied in real-life settings by specific child-care centres and professionals.
  • Help your students to review, practise and extend their knowledge using the revision and extension resources in the CourseMate Express website.

Table of Contents

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1. Setting the scene
2. Children in the context of their families and communities
3. Thinking about children: Development and play
4. Reflective and evaluative practice
5. Developing philosophies
6. Understanding the setting
7. Curriculum approaches and pedagogies
8. Assessing and planning for children’s learning
9. Relationships and interactions in children’s learning
10. Learning environments
11. Journeys of change

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Programming and Planning in Early Childhood Settings

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