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Policy Issues in the Early Years
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Policy Issues in the Early Years


© 2012 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Providing a unique and critical insight into some of the most significant issues affecting early years education, this book 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; and national strategies versus professional autonomy.



 

Denise Hevey, University of Northampton and Linda Miller, Open University
Introduction: Critical Perspectives on Early Years Policy-Making
 
PART ONE: POVERTY, SOCIAL DISADVANTAGE AND YOUNG CHILDREN
Naomi Eisenstadt, University of Oxford, UK (former Head of Sure Start and Head of Cabinet Office Social Exclusion Unit.)
Poverty, Disadvantage and Social Exclusion
Jenny Spratt, Head of EY Services for Peterborough, Sue Owen, Director of Children's Well being, National Children's Bureau and Caroline Sharp, National Foundation
Closing the Gap: Policy into Action
Angela Underdown, Associate Professor of Public Health in the Early Years, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick
Promoting Infant Mental Health: A Public Health Priority
 
PART TWO: EVIDENCE-BASED INTERVENTIONS IN EARLY YEARS
Stuart Shanker, Director, The Milton and Harris Research Initiative and Roger Downer, York University, Canada.
Enhancing Potential in Children (EPIC)
Jane Aldgate and Wendy Rose, The Open University, UK and policy advisers to Scottish Government
Safeguarding, Well-Being and Universal Services: A Case Study of Scotland
Mary Crowley, formerly CEO of Parenting UK
Parenting Policies and Skills Strategies in the United Kingdom
Lesley Staggs, formerly National Director of the Foundation Stage National Strategy
Play as a Foundation for Learning? The Rhetoric and Reality of the National Strategy for Early Education and Assessment in England
 
PART THREE: MARKETIZATION AND DEMOCRATIZATION
Prof. Peter Moss, Institute of Education, University of London, UK.
Making Democracy a Fundamental Value in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) - Meaning What?
Eva Lloyd with Helen Penn, Centre for Study of Marketisation in Childcare, University of East London, UK
Marketization of Early Years and Childcare Services
Ulviya Mikailova, Gerda Sula, Dawn Tankersley, Aija Tuna, International Step-by-Step Association (ISSA), Hungary.
Early Years Services as a Vehicle for Democratization: ISSA's Experience in Supporting Practitioners' Professional Development, Building Partnerships and Influencing Systems
 
Conclusion
Linda Miller, The Open University and Denise Hevey, University of Northampton, UK
Critical Perspectives on Policy Implementation

'Whether seen as a market commodity, a means of democratic empowerment, or the best start for all children, early years services reflect national values and political judgements. Policy making is relevant to all who work in early childhood care and education, and this book provides excellent insights and support to help practitioners develop the analytical skills that will make them "policy literate'

- Dame Gillian Pugh, Chair, National Children's Bureau


'A surprisingly accessible and interesting read, so if you want to feel more 'policy literate', and need to get 'clued up' on current issues affecting early years this book is the ideal read for you'
- Martine Horvath, Early Years Educator


'The contributors to the book are all well-informed protagonists in the field of early years who each offer unique perspectives on early years policy past, present, and future'
-Early Years Update


This book should provide a useful introduction to issues surrounding early years services and could be used in a range of courses, not only for those hoping to be early years practitioners but for all those professionals who work with families and young children.

Jacqueline Barnes
Birkbeck University of London
Child and Adolescent Mental Health

This text offers a range of policy issues for the students to contemplate. It develops similar ideas to the course and this makes it suitable for recommended reading.

Mrs Melanie Mackinder
Early Childhood Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University
October 28, 2016

Recommended reading for anyone looking into the history and impact of policy on EY practice

Mrs KAREN SIDDONS
care and early years, Tresham Institute
March 29, 2015

A clear and well-laid out book that discusses policy making in the Early Years. I particularly like the differentiated reading tasks at the end of each chapter which helps ensure the subject is pitched at the correct level for each student.

Miss Louise Kay
Department of Education, Huddersfield University
November 7, 2014

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Chapter 1 Critical Perspectives on EY Policy


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