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



January 2012 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

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

An accessible book which covers key themes within EY policy and contemporary issues within an ever-changing policy context

Miss Charlotte Jones
Warwick Institute of Education, Warwick University
September 20, 2013

"Enables learners to look more deeply at Early Years policies. The extended sections at the back of each chapter where excellent and enable learners to gather further sources so to be able to question and reflect on their own inderstanding."

Mrs Louise Burch
Early Childhood Studies - ECLS, Guildford College of Further and Higher Education
July 15, 2013

A useful book discussing policy and implications on practice

Miss KATY MEREDITH
AACATS, Ystrad Mynach College
June 24, 2013

This book was well used by my students when discussing policy and implications on practice.

Mrs Sarah Tipler
Higher Education, North Lindsey College
June 23, 2013

Excellent supporing text for tutors supporting the BTEC L3 CCLD - good case studies included.

Miss Rebecca Lindley
Health and Social Development, Burnley College
May 17, 2013

Excellent book; covers key themes explored in the second year of our Early Years Foundation degree. On the essential reading list for next semester.

Miss Christine Hatcher
Sports, Business and Care, City of Bath College
May 8, 2013

Another well presented and organised book by Linda Miller. The book that every student studying Early Years must have as it gives a clear overview of the key policies in the EY sector.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
April 4, 2013

This is a useful, up-to-date volume.

Dr Victoria Foster
Social Sciences, Edge Hill University
March 19, 2013

A wide-ranging and thoughtful book by some of the most interesting academics in the UK and beyond. The chapters go well-beyond the areas of so many early years books and this makes it a vaulable addition to the growing literature.

Mr Keith Savage
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
March 13, 2013

Chapters include reflections on current issues from a number of respected contributors . A valuable additional to the library. Each chapter ends with useful website links and I especially value the recommendations for reading at different levels of study. Marketisation of early years is thought provoking. Very up to date

Mrs Janet Harvell
Early Years, Bridgwater College
January 8, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 Critical Perspectives on EY Policy


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