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Understanding Early Years Policy

Understanding Early Years Policy

Fourth Edition

March 2016 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Previously known as Baldock: Understanding Early Years Policy is in its Fourth Edition. This best-selling textbook continues to provide fully updated coverage of all the latest developments in early years policy such as the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), SEND Code of Practice 0-25 years and the Children and Families Act 2014.

Exploring how policy is made, implemented, analysed and developed over time this book presents a complete overview of early years policy and an evaluation of its ongoing impact on practice.

This Fourth Edition has been significantly updated to include:

  • Full coverage of the 2010-2015 UK Coalition Government.
  • A comprehensive timeline of Early Years policy
  • Guidance on how to research policy for yourself
  • More international case studies, now including the US and Scandinavia.
  • New material on how to manage policy changes as a practitioner
  • An expandedfocus of  the devolved countries within the UK

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

Chapter 1: What Is Policy and Why Is It Important?
Chapter 2: The Development of Early Years Policy: Up to 1997
Chapter 3: The Development of Early Years Policy: New Labour and the Coalition
Timeline of Early Years Policy

Chapter 4: Influences on Early Years Policy Development
Chapter 5: Implementing Early Years Policy
Chapter 6: Early Years Policy in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland: The Impact of Devolution
Chapter 7: The International Dimension of Policy-making
Chapter 8: The Impact of Policy
Chapter 9: Analysing the Impact of Policy
Chapter 10: Conclusion
Useful Websites

Understanding Early Years Policy is a most accessible and engaging read. It takes the reader through the complex network of policy development and makes useful links to other areas of policy; as such it s a book that can be used beyond the Early Years context.

The examples and suggested activities make a potentially dry subject matter come alive and will be most helpful to student engagement of the topic .

Sue Mills
Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds

This book is helpful in understanding how policy has shaped ECE practice throughout history, to contemporary practice. There are lots of case studies and activities to consolidate learning.

Mrs Emma Harvey
Education, Suffolk New College
January 6, 2023

A useful and interesting text

Dr Jonathan Wainwright
Ctr for Education & Inclusion Research, Sheffield Hallam University
June 19, 2017

Links well to course content

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
August 31, 2017

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