Nursery World's series on the early years pioneers that have shaped current practice, including Piaget, Froebel and Margaret McMillan - an essential resource for students and practitioners alike.


Early Years Pioneers: Jean Piaget

We owe much of our awareness of children's cognitive development to Jean Piaget, who encouraged learning through exploration, explains Professor Tricia David


Early Years Pioneers - Lev Vygotsky

He died young, but Russian theorist Vygotsky helped to inform practice in many ways, says Linda Pound


Early Years Pioneers - Jerome Bruner

Following the death earlier this year of the influential psychologist Jerome Bruner, Linda Pound looks at his theories, achievements and their enduring impact on...


Early Years Pioneers - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Linda Pound explores ‘creativity guru’ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s theory of flow and looks at its potential in early years practice


Early Years Pioneers - Margaret and Rachel McMillan

Margaret (1860-1931) and Rachel (1859-1917) McMillan made real advances in early childcare, and their ideas still resonate today, says Linda Pound


Early years pioneers - Burrhus Skinner

Some common teaching methods take their cues from behaviourist theory. Linda Pound looks at the work of one of its key proponents.


Early Years Pioneers: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Although not a childcare expert, the French philosopher Rousseau has had a far-reaching influence on our ideas about childhood, says Professor J Eric Wilkinson


Early Years Pioneers: Friedrich Froebel

The once-radical teachings of Friedrich Froebel about early development were so fundamental that today we take them for granted, says Professor Kevin J Brehony


Early Years Pioneers: Urie Bronfenbrenner

The interaction of children's development with larger aspects of society was the focus of Urie Bronfenbrenner's research and theory, writes Professor Tricia David...


Early Years Pioneers: Mia Kellmer Pringle

Mia Kellmer Pringle's exemplary work in founding the National Children's Bureau is described by Gillian Pugh


Early Years Pioneers: Ferre Laevers

The work of Ferre Laevers and the Experiential Education approach is considered by Professor Christine Pascal


Early Years Pioneers: Margaret Donaldson

Margaret Donaldson furthered our understanding of young children's need to see the sense behind the tasks we set them, as Professor Tricia David explains


Early Years Pioneers: Vivian Gussin Paley

Storytelling and storyacting animate Vivian Gussin Paley's observations of children at play, writes Ruth Thomson