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Contemporary Issues in the Early Years

Contemporary Issues in the Early Years

Sixth Edition
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November 2013 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
If you are a student or practitioner in the early years sector, you need to develop a rounded understanding of key issues in this fast-moving field. This new and updated edition provides a critical examination of the essential issues in early years policy and practice. With contributions from highly regarded practitioners and researchers, this book accessibly balances theory and practical concerns.

The Sixth Edition has been extensively revised to include:
  • A new chapter on Child Protection and Safeguarding
  • Coverage of the new EYFS
  • Theory and research evidence
  • A Companion Website, highlighting further reading and current policies and frameworks
You can visit the Companion Website at  to view a video from the authors, and also access study materials including:
  • Points for discussion
  • Reflective tasks
  • Further reading
  • Web links

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

This book contains information that relates to various modules within the course. It can therefore be used as supplemental reading to support evidence found from various other sources.

Miss Lisa Holland
Education , Tameside College
October 20, 2014

Content builds on previous editions.

Mrs Karen Southern
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
October 10, 2014

A thought provoking, discussion creating book with a pleather of opportunities to reflect on the Early Years profession and the issues therein.

The book is easy to read and is laid out really well.

Mrs Dawn Burnham
Dept Of Applied Health Sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
October 10, 2014

A welcome update to this essential book.

Mrs Heather Macdonald
Education , Chester Univ.
September 10, 2014

An essential reader for engaging students in issues that are not covered by the EYFS. Excellent source for level 5 Early Years courses.

Mrs Anna Colgan
Higher Education, Banbury and Bicester College
July 22, 2014

This has been a recommended text for our students for some time and the new chapter on safeguarding is particularly timely. The book is useful across a range of modules including contemporary issues, child health and inclusion.

Mrs Mary-Louise Maynes
Education, Bishop Grosseteste Univ.
July 10, 2014

As the title suggest this is an up-to-date book written by a variety of authors on a wide range of subjects. Each of these chapters will be relevant to modules delivered on my course.

Mrs Claire Jackson
School of Education, Kingston University
July 9, 2014

An excellent book for all students undertaking an early years or childhood studies course. Some great scenarios and case studies within it. Copies are now in our library.

Mrs Yolande Leech
Dept of Early Years, Accrington & Rossendale College
July 2, 2014

This has been added as a recommended read as it covers the basis for many of our core modules.

The structure followed a consistent framework and was a very approachable read for undergraduate learners.

Mrs Katie Ketcher
School of Education, University of East London
June 27, 2014

Links from policy to practice are made, which directs the developing student in a clear and straightforward way. The summaries at the end of each chapter include reflection points, which have created useful areas of discussion in seminar/workshop sessions. A comprehensive text for both students and lecturers alike!

Mrs Sandra Dumitrescu
Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metro Univ.
June 27, 2014

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