An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies provides you with a comprehensive introduction to the main theories and issues within early childhood studies. Staying true to its multi-disciplinary approach, this new edition examines the key themes involved in the study of young children and childhood, making essential links between theory and practice to help you apply what you learn in real-life settings. Throughout, case studies, reflective questions, exercises and links to further reading help you explore key issues and test your learning, making it easier for you to get to grips with all aspects of your course. Other key content includes: " Perspectives on Childhood " The Developing Child " Policy and Provision for Young Children " Developing Effective Practice This is essential reading for all students involved in the study of childhood, particularly students in the fields of childhood studies; social work; social policy and education. It is also an invaluable resource for practitioners and policy makers working with children.