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Understanding Early Years Policy

Understanding Early Years Policy

Fourth Edition

April 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

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