Contemporary Issues in the Early Years

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With a focus on improving outcomes for all children and on closing the gap between those who do well and those who do not, the importance of the early years of children's lives and of supporting families through integrated service provision are now centre stage.

Earlier editions of Contemporary Issues in the Early Years have argued for coherent policies for young children and for an expansion of high-quality early childhood services. This fourth edition is extensively revised ...

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Overview

With a focus on improving outcomes for all children and on closing the gap between those who do well and those who do not, the importance of the early years of children's lives and of supporting families through integrated service provision are now centre stage.

Earlier editions of Contemporary Issues in the Early Years have argued for coherent policies for young children and for an expansion of high-quality early childhood services. This fourth edition is extensively revised and most of the chapters are completely new. It reflects the many developments across the early childhood field in the past few years, with a particular emphasis on working together across agency boundaries to respond effectively to the needs of children and families.

This book is essential reading for students on Early Childhood Studies, Early Years and Teaching Assistants Foundation Degree courses and all those involved in early childhood services provision.

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Editorial Reviews

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'The sixth edition of this important book brings it up to date during a very challenging political time for early years. Read it if you want to understand more about recent early years history and the challenges and dilemmas facing all those who are passionate about every young child's entitlement to quality provision'
-Helen Moylett, Early Learning Consultancy

'A truly comprehensive introduction to the prodigious range of issues that shape early childhood today. This book not only explains but considers and challenges key contemporary issues in the field. The addition of safeguarding with updates on policy and agenda make this book almost unbeatable! Highly recommended'
-Philippa Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Sheffield Hallam University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781446266403
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/31/2013
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gillian Pugh is Chief Executive of Coram Family and a highly respected practitioner in her field.

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Table of Contents

1 The policy agenda for early childhood services 7
2 Joined up working - the development of children's services 21
3 The world picture 35
4 Evaluating the quality and standards of early years education and care 49
5 Listening to young children : respecting the voice of the child 63
6 The curriculum from birth to six 79
7 Watching and listening : the tools of assessment 93
8 Diversity, inclusion and learning in the early years 107
9 Meeting special needs in the early years : an inclusive stance 119
10 Working in multidisciplinary teams 135
11 Working with parents 151
12 Effective settings : evidence from research 165
13 Training and workforce issues in the early years 183
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