Designed for students on Early Years Foundation Degrees and Early Childhood courses, Early Years professionals and Teaching Assistants, this engaging text provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of early childhood. Written and edited by experts in the field, the book clearly explains theory through illustrations of good practice, with case studies, reflective exercises and suggestions for further reading. Additional case studies and reflective questions for student or lecturer's use can be found on the SAGE website. Each chapter has been revised with an emphasis on encouraging reflective practice and there are new chapters on: personal, social, and emotional development; EYPS; and, health and safeguarding children. This brand new edition has also been updated in light of the new Early Years Foundation Stage, and addresses the needs of students working towards Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).