On International Women’s Day it is fitting to shine the spotlight on the women who have shaped today's early years practice.
The way we raise and educate our children today is unrecognisable compared to how it was approached in the 19th century. Over the last 150 years these changes have often been led and revolutionised by a handful of great pioneers. You can find out more about the foremost of these below.
When I re-trained to become a nursery teacher I became acquainted and fascinated by Froebel’s ideas and how they linked to my own life experiences and teaching. His work has had a major influence on my subsequent career.
Here, we take a closer look at Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky, two of the most in uential gures in the history of early childhood education whose in uence is still felt today.
Margaret Donaldson and Loris Malaguzzi came from very different cultures and backgrounds, but had a similar passion for ensuring that the natural abilities of children were at the heart of early years practice.
We take look at the work of Gunilla Dahlberg and Peter Moss, both of whom take a post-modern approach to early years learning, policy and provision for both children and families.
We take look at the work and influence of Johann Pestalozzi and Maria Montessori, both of whom continue to have a major influence on early years education and learning.
We take a look at the work and in uence of Colwyn Trevarthen and Vivian Gussin Paley, two current researchers whose observations have led to a greater understanding of play
Here, we look at the work of two educators whose influence is reflected in the resurgence of putting the needs of the child at the heart of early years provision.