Early Childhood Education and Care: Policy and Practice
Margaret M Clark, Tim Waller
SAGE, Jun 4, 2007 - Education - 192 pages
Early childhood education and care policy has an impact on the daily lives of practitioners working with young children, as well as the families and children they work with. Practicing early childhood professionals and trainees need to have an understanding of current policy as well as the contexts for policy-making and implementation. Currently, the majority of textbooks for early childhood education in the UK focus on the situation in England. As a result, readers may have a skewed perspective on policy and practice, and not be aware of the varying and different contexts in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Also, those working in settings not in England have to work hard to apply texts to their own contexts. In contrast, this book gives the reader easy access to information on the policies and practices in ECEC across each of the countries in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Each chapter covers background information; policy and practice in early childhood education and care; transition; schooling and curriculum; quality assurance, examination, and inspection; professional development and training; future and imminent changes; and case studies of children's lives. In addition to describing the legislative, political, and practical situation in each country, the book enables comparisons to be drawn, and helps readers interpret the data critically. It is essential reading for modules on comparative education and international perspectives, but also forms a foundation for all modules involving policy and provision on Early Years Education, Early Childhood, or Childhood Studies courses. Practitioners undertaking CPD modules or foundation degrees, and international students looking for comparative data will also find the book useful.
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