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Contemporary Issues in the Early Years


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Introduction - Bernadette Duffy PART ONE: POLICY AND RESEARCH The Policy Agenda for Early Childhood Services - Gillian Pugh Facing Austerity - The Local Authority Response - Linda Uren International Snapshots of Provision for Babies and Young Children - Sacha Powell and Kathy Goouch Quality in Early Childhood Education - Sandra Mathers, Fiona Roberts and Kathy Sylva Inspecting and Evaluating the Quality and Standards of Early Years and Childcare Provision - Brenda Spencer and Jan Dubiel PART TWO: PRACTICE Seen and Heard: Exploring Assumptions, Beliefs and Values Underpinning Young Children's Participation - Y Penny Lancaster and Perpetua Kirby The Early Years Curriculum - Bernadette Duffy The Tools of Assessment: Watching and Learning - Caron Carter and Cathy Nutbrown Sure Start Children's Centres - Ann Crichton The Role of Health in Early Years Services - Kate Billingham and Jacqueline Barnes Diversity, Inclusion and Learning in the Early Years - Iram Siraj-Blatchford Inclusion and Entitlement in the Early Years for Disabled Young Children and Young Children with Special Educational Needs - Philippa Stobbs, Elizabeth Andrews and Julie Revels Working with Parents - Mary Crowley and Helen Wheeler Safeguarding Children in the Early years - Harriet Ward and Rebecca Brown PART THREE: WORKFORCE Training and Workforce Issues in the Early Years - Pauline Jones Leading and Working in Multi-Agency Teams - Carol Aubrey

About the Author

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


'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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