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Understanding Early Years Policy

Third Edition


January 2013 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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'Baldock et al is a core text for undergraduates and postgraduates interested in the complex and broad implications of Early Years policy and policy-making. This new edition offers insights into domestic and international perspectives on Early Years, and opportunities to increase understandings of how policy is shaped and applied through case studies and reflective exercises.' - Dr. Richard Race, Department of Education, University of Roehampton

Fully updated to include all the latest developments in early years policy such as the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), this book explores how policy is made, implemented, analysed and developed over time. There is a complete overview of early years policy, and an evaluation of its ongoing impact on practice. Case studies, points for reflection and activities encourage discussion and critical thinking.

This Third Edition has been significantly updated to include:

- a new chapter on international early years policy

- discussion of the impact of the recession and the Coalition Government's policies

- material on how ordinary practitioners can influence policy

- a revised timeline of early years legislation.

This text is an essential read for early years students at all levels, and early years practitioners.

Peter Baldock worked extensively in Early Years education and was chair of the executive committees of two children's chartities based in Sheffield.

Damien Fitzgerald and Janet Kay are both Principal Lecturers in Childhood Studies at Sheffield Hallam University.

 
What Is Policy and Why Is It Important?
 
The Development of Early Years Policy so Far
 
Influences on Early Years Policy Development
 
Implementing Early Years Policy
 
Early Years Policy in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland: The Impact of Devolution
 
The International Dimension of Policy-making
 
The Impact of Policy
 
Analyzing the Impact of Policy
 
Conclusion
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Useful Websites
 
Index

'Baldock et al is a core text for undergraduates and postgraduates interested in the complex and broad implications of Early Years policy and policy-making. This new edition offers insights into domestic and international perspectives on Early Years, and opportunities to increase understandings of how policy is shaped and applied through case studies and reflective exercises.' - Dr. Richard Race, Department of Education, University of Roehampton


A book all learners will find relevant as study does link to both policy and practice. Allows the learner to link the policies at ground level in the workplace.

Mrs lisa rebecca Fairclough
Childhood Studies, Lakes College
August 10, 2015

Useful book for undergraduate early years students

Miss Lorna Wardle
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
June 12, 2015

A core text to be used in our level 4 module. The 'key dates in the development of Early Years Policy' from 1962 - 2012 is very useful.

Mrs Justine Gallagher
Social Work and Communities, Northumbria University
March 16, 2015

Great book and the key throughout is helpful for points of reflection and further reading.

Mrs Sarah Collyer
Childcare Department, Brooklands College
August 27, 2014

A clear and easy to read text, which strongly supports academic understanding of policy. Key points are summarized at the end of each chapter to further consolidate learning. Excellent for Early Years, Childhood and Education students in supporting understanding of all policies and legislation to date. Highly recommend.

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Metropolitan University
August 22, 2014

I have recommended this book to learners studying safeguarding modules within Early Years Studies. the chapter on setting the scene is particularly beneficial, giving a useful explanation of why we are where we are in terms of legislation and policy. not just of use for social work students, this is also helpful for any Early Years students

Mrs Caroline Knight
Children,Health, Adventure & Public Services, South Devon College
June 1, 2014

A really useful book when looking at range of professionals involved in child education, particularly collaborative practice.

Mrs Melanie Mackinder
Early years Education, Bishop Grosseteste Univ.
May 13, 2014

A key text for students to understand the development of early years policy. Suitable for students of all levels.

Mrs Nikki Fairchild
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
April 9, 2014

Very clear and easy to read, an essential book for Early Years students and Early Childhood students alike. Discusses all the essential policies to date but from a well rounded approach.

Dr Katherine Cartmell
Education and Early Childhood Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
March 12, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One - What is Policy and Why is it Important?


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Peter Baldock

Peter Baldock worked extensively in early years education as a teacher, in community development, in registration and inspection of early years services, and as an Associate Lecturer with the Open University. His publications include three books on early years services, and he was actively involved in Sheffield's 0-19+ Partnership on behalf of the voluntary sector. More About Author

Damien Fitzgerald

Damien Fitzgerald PhD, is Head of Area for Early Childhood and Childhood at the Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University. His research interests include gender and childhood, heteronormativity in family contexts and same-sex parenting and this informs his undergraduate and post-graduate teaching. Prior to working at Sheffield Hallam, he worked as an advisory teacher in early years special needs and in other teaching roles in schools. He is also qualified as a nurse working mainly in emergency care. More About Author

Janet Kay

Janet Kay worked as a qualified social worker with children and families for some years before moving into teaching in further and then higher education. She has retired from full-time work, but still regularly lectures at Sheffield Hallam University, and is also working to promote better support for adoptive families in the UK. More About Author

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