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Gifted and Talented in the Early Years

Gifted and Talented in the Early Years
Practical Activities for Children aged 3 to 6

Second Edition
Edited by:

April 2013 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Combining theoretical perspectives with practical activities, this book offers clear guidance on how to ensure you and your setting can identify and provide for very young children in your care who are gifted and talented. With an emphasis on providing the best learning opportunities for all, there is advice for teachers and all staff working in early years settings. Everything suggested has been tried and tested by the author in her work with children over many years as a specialist in this field.

New to this new edition is:

  • Information on recent research and new thinking in the field
  • International views of gifted and talented young children
  • Links to the early years curriculum
  • New activities and ideas
  • Extended coverage for young children aged 3 to 6

There are lots of ideas for things to try out in your setting, and practical activities for parents to try out at home.

Including the Gifted and Talented in the Early Years
Activities and Resources
Physical Movement/Motor Development
Literacy and Language
Learning is Fun and for All

'This new edition advocates an inclusive approach and updates current theories, research and best practices in the field. The text incorporates 21st century skills, cultural perspectives and international education, and focuses on how to create appropriately challenging activities for the young gifted and talented child'
Gillian Eriksson, Coordinator: Gifted Education Program, School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership, University of Central Florida

'This expanded edition builds on Margaret's approach to teaching and learning, making us think how we can best include gifted and talented children in our early years settings. By providing opportunities for young children to learn from each other and from their communities and families, gifted and talented young learners can be appropriately challenged and recognised within an inclusive setting'
-Peter Merrotsy, Senior Lecturer in Gifted and Talented Education, University of New England, Australia

'This is a very helpful and practical book that will help you to further cater for all children in your settings'
-Early Years Educator

This book supported learners to not forget about every child - even the children who are gifted. A must read to add into your classroom delivery.

Mrs Emma Ruth Bleasdale
Education, New College Pontefract
January 3, 2023

An often neglected area of early years education, yet this book provides a guide to identification and the inclusion of Gifted and Talented pupils in the early years. The suggested activities and individual curriculum subject guides are highly beneficial to trainee teachers and qualified teachers.

Mrs Louise Wormwell
School of Education, Newman University
July 6, 2016

This updated edition gives an overview of current issues and offers debate about the nature of Gifted and Talented children in the Early Years. This topic is gaining kudos and is high on many school's agenda.

Mrs Claire Kathryn Pescott
Early Years and Education, University of South Wales (Glamorgan)
February 8, 2016

When considering equality it is good to consider the other end of the spectrum and this is a practical way to add these thoughts to the thinking of students. More theory would have been useful.

Mrs Tanya Richardson
School of Education, Northampton University
July 3, 2015

A valuable text as there is very little available on this topic. a practical and accessible guide which will be invaluable for early years student teachers.

Ms Kate Allott
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University College
October 18, 2013

The up-dated edition provides a range of inclusive and developmental theories making strong links to practice. In particular, it offers extended information on the early years, providing practitioners with useful guidance for the early identification of gifted and talented youngsters, along with activities and resources which can be used to appropriately challenge this group of learners. It is clearly presented and easily accessible.

Mrs Karen Southern
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
October 5, 2012

A wonderful resource for those studying at Level 4 and above. Gifted and Talended is an oftwn overlooked area of educational need, and this book offers example activities for those working G&T children in the Early Years.

Miss Emma Baxter
School of Care, Ystrad Mynach College
September 27, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

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