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Applying social science subjects such as psychology, sociology, social policy and research methods to Early Years can help to raise standards and ensure good practice. These subjects inform much of the academic curriculum within many Early Years programmes and are subjects that make an important contribution to understanding children's behaviour, growth and development. The book identifies, analyses and assesses how social science enriches Early Years as opposed to regarding Early Years and social science as distinct. Each chapter imaginatively introduces the main learning objectives and includes formative activities, which apply social science to particular themes to aid students' cognitive skills.

Introduction
Introduction

This book applies social science subjects such as psychology, sociology, social policy and research methods to Early Years. These subjects inform much of the academic curriculum within many Early Years programmes. They are subjects that make an especially important contribution to understanding children's growth and development. Applying social science to Early Years can help to raise standards and ensure good practice. This aim is as relevant today as it ever has been. Clark and Waller (2007, p168) draw attention to the ‘persistent division’ between care and education and the need for strategies to coordinate these services. Doyle (2005, p13) comments that this situation can lead to the loss of centrality of the rights of the child especially when the emphasis is placed upon ‘policy ...

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