Revised to include the Early Years Learning Framework, this well-known text will help students to understand a range of early education philosophies, theories and frameworks. A valuable resource for early childhood education students, outlining the general processes involved in planning and programming, and presenting principles and issues for discussion. Early childhood educators are encouraged to evaluate their current approaches to planning and programming, and to develop strategies for future innovation. Programming and planning in early childhood settings (fifth edition) explores: what is meant by ‘planning’ and ‘programming’ in the context of early childhood education what an authentic curriculum for young children might look like how to document children’s learning in ways that promote reflective and collaborative learning. With a strong focus throughout on sociocultural theories of learning, it recognises children’s diverse experiences, competencies and learning styles, and the need for collaborative partnerships between educators, children and families in developing appropriate programs.