The Early Years Foundation Stage, Theory and Practice - Out Now!

An essential guide to understanding the current EYFS in England.

After carrying out work on the ground-breaking Midas Touch project in St Helens, Merseyside in 2010, I was invited to co-author a chapter on young children's creative development within the English Early Years Foundation Stage. The Early Years Foundation Stage: Theory and Practice, Second Editionedited by Ioanna Palaiologou (Sage, 2013) has now been published and is available to buy online and in good book stores!

Chapter 22: Creative Development, focuses on developing creative practice in Early Years settings and provides an insight into what is needed to develop creativity within young children. It suggests that creativity should extend to all areas of learning (not just art and design). It also uses the Midas Touch project as a case study for collaborative practice between Early Years practitioners and artists, considering Reggio Emilia's ReMida approach in Italy as an inspiration to the project.

The book is fully recommended as 'an ideal resource for students and practitioners undertaking any Early Years or Early Childhood studies course'. It is also, I feel, essential reading for anyone working with young children in informal learning and cultural institutions.