A Critical Companion to Early Childhood


A Welcome from the Editors


Welcome to the companion website for A Critical Companion to Early Childhood. We hope you will enjoy reading the book and using this site, which is intended to enhance the diverse and sometimes challenging views contained in the book.

It is important that you see each part and chapter of the book as interrelated and not solely as ‘stand-alone’ segments of information. This is because seeing an interrelationship between each chapter models the way early childhood studies encompass many facets of children’s development and entails a critical examination of different viewpoints.

This site continues and extends that theme of interconnectedness and allows you to extend your knowledge and understanding by providing you with recommended web links and journal articles that are intended to deepen your understanding and help with your studies.

Mike Reed and Rosie Walker


Additional Resources


A Critical Companion to Early Childhood comes with a wide range of additional resources, all available on this companion website. Make the most of:


About the Editors


Michael Reed is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Early Childhood, within the Institute of Education at the University of Worcester. He teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses related to child development, practice-based research and lead­ership. He is a qualified teacher and holds advanced qualifications in Educational Inquiry, Educational Psychology and Special Education. He has been part of course development and writing teams at the Open University and is an experienced author. He has a particular interest in practice-based research carried out in collaboration with students and ways to explore the impact of training on practice. He has contributed chapters to a number of textbooks and co-edited books including Reflective Practice in the Early Years (2010), Quality Improvement and Change in the Early Years (2012) and Work Based Research in the Early Years (2012), all published by SAGE.

Rosie Walker co-ordinates a Foundation Degree with seven partner institutions. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Early Childhood, within the Institute of Education at the University of Worcester. She has supervised many research projects with Foundation Degree, BA and Top-up students as well as at Master’s level. She has pub­lished book chapters and co-authored a textbook exploring practice-based research as well as journal articles. Professionally, she has managed two large children’s centres and is a qualified Social Worker. She has worked in a variety of childcare settings including child protection teams. Rosie is also the author of Success with your Early Years Research Project (2014) with Carla Solvason, published by SAGE.



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