Policy Issues in the Early Years

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SAGE, Jan 20, 2012 - Education - 200 pages
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Providing a unique and critical insight into some of the most significant issues affecting Early Years Policy, this book has chapters from leading authorities and researchers in the field and draws on current research, addresses key debates and considers international perspectives.

Topics covered include:

- policy making

- poverty, disadvantage and social exclusion

- promoting infant mental health

- safeguarding and well-being

- enhancing children's potential

- parenting policies and skills

- national strategies versus professional autonomy

- the marketisation of early years provision

- democracy as a fundamental value in Early Years

Taking a critical perspective and written in an accessible style, the book is relevant to all levels of Early Years courses, from Foundation Degree to Masters. The reader is encouraged to engage with debates and to develop their own views and opinions. With staggered levels of Further Reading, the editors and contributors provide a rich source of material that encourages reflection and promotes progression.

Linda Miller is Professor Emeritus of Early Years, The Open University.

Denise Hevey is Professor of Early Years, The University of Northampton.

 

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Contents

1 CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON EARLY YEARS POLICY
1
PART 1 POVERTY AND SOCIAL DISADVANTAGE
11
2 POVERTY SOCIAL DISADVANTAGE AND YOUNG CHILDREN
13
POLICYI NTO ACTION
28
PART 2 THE EVIDENCE BASE FOR EARLY INTERVENTION
43
A PUBLIC HEALTH PRIORITY AND APPROACH
45
5 ENHANCING THE POTENTIAL IN CHILDREN EPIC
61
6 PARENTING POLICY AND SKILLS STRATEGIES
77
MEANING WHAT EXACTLY?
93
8 THE MARKETISATION OF EARLY YEARS EDUCATION AND CHILD CARE IN ENGLAND
107
9 SUPPORTING EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONERS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AS A VEHICLE FOR DEMOCRATISATION
122
PART 4 FRAMEWORKS REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES
137
10 THE RHETORIC AND REALITY OF A NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR EARLY EDUCATION AND ASSESSMENT
139
11 INCORPORATING SAFEGUARDING AND WELLBEING IN UNIVERSAL SERVICES
153
12 RECONCEPTUALISING POLICY MAKING IN THE EARLY YEARS
169
INDEX
180

PART 3 MARKETISATION AND DEMOCRACY
91

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