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Policy Issues in the Early Years

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 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
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
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
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
Linda Miller, The Open University and Denise Hevey, University of Northampton, UK
Critical Perspectives on Policy Implementation

This is a very good text that I have already recommended to students on my courses.

Dr Fiona Patrick
Professional Learning and Leadership, Glasgow University
November 22, 2013

This will be an interesting and useful read for my third year students and students studying Working with Parents modules

Miss Lorna Wardle
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
October 31, 2013

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

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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 Critical Perspectives on EY Policy

Linda Miller

Denise Hevey

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