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Comparing Nurseries
Staff and Children in Italy, Spain and the UK



April 1997 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book examines 12 nurseries in three countries - how they are organized, who works in them, and which children attend them. In particular, it explores what staff think about the work they are doing, how they view it, and whether or not they enjoy it. The author traces how these views and opinions are translated into action, and how they affect the children. She also explores what contribution the context and location of the nurseries makes to their practice. The author compares her observations of daily practice in these nurseries, and draws valuable conclusions about the values and practices which support 'good' nursery provision.
Peter Moss
Foreword
 
Introduction
 
The Macrosystem
Politics and Policies in Italy, Spain and the UK

 
 
Staffing
 
The Children
 
The Nurseries
 
Love and Friendship in the Nursery
 
Postscript
Making Changes in the UK

 

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Helen Penn

My current interests are the interfaces between theory, policy and practice in early childhood education and care, and in particular how policy shapes provision; and early education policy and practice in low income countries. A key part of my work on policy concerns the childcare market, and the role of for-profit entrepreneurs within systems of early education and care provision. This perspective on the childcare market is important and relevant not only in high income neo-liberal English speaking countries, but even more so in low income countries, where much or most provision for young children is entrepreneurial.... More About Author