Professionalism in the Interdisciplinary Early Years Team: Supporting Young Children and their Families

Professionalism in the Interdisciplinary Early Years Team: Supporting Young Children and their Families


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Professionals are no longer restricted by particular spaces or areas of knowledge and interprofessionalism is the key to delivering effective and efficient child focused services in challenging times. Professionalism in the Interdisciplinary Early Years Team celebrates the professionalism of the varied practitioners who work with young children, bringing together contributions from academics and practitioners to share knowledge and expertise about the key services for young children and their families.

This accessible guide covers the key issues faced by early years practitioners, and moves on to consider particular roles within the early years team, including the early years professional, early years teacher, health professional, social worker, speech and language therapist and librarian. The role each member of the early years team plays is explored, looking at professionalism through the dimensions of knowledge, education, skills, autonomy, values, ethics, reward.

This text will be invaluable to those studying early years at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It will also be a useful resource for leaders in early years settings and established early years practitioners who are undertaking continuing professional development courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441114082
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/29/2011
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Avril Brock is a Principal Lecturer in the Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate courses of Early Childhood Education and Childhood Studies.

Carolynn Rankin is Senior Lecturer in the School of Applied Global Ethics, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. She lectures on the management of information and library services and the role of the information professional and her research interest is the role of the early years librarian in multidisciplinary teamwork.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors \ Foreword \ Introduction \ Part I: Introducing the Context for Professionalism \ 1. The Child in Context: Policy and Provision Avril Brock \ 2. Issues and Challenges for the Interdisciplinary Team in Supporting the 21st Century Family Carolynn Rankin and Fiona Butler \ 3. Perspectives on Professionalism Avril Brock \ Part II: Meet the Key Professionals \ 4. The Early Years Professional and the Children's Centre: At the Hub of the 'Big Society'? Pam Jarvis and Wendy Holland \ 5. The Early Years Teacher: Working Across the Birth to Seven Age Range Pat Broadhead \ 6. Health and Social Care Professionals: A Holistic Approach Kate Karban and Sue Smith \ 7. The Social Worker: Protecting the World's Most Vulnerable Children David Saltiel \ 8. The Speech and Language Therapist: Laying the Foundations of Communication Tracey Marsh \ 9. The Librarian: A Key Partner in Promoting Early Language and Literacy Carolynn Rankin \ Part III: Conclusions \ 10. A Future for Interdisciplinary Professional Work: Mainstream to Oppositional? Nick Frost \ Index.

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