‘The book gives excellent insight of current Early Years topics by covering international educational approaches and discussing the need to professionalise the sector. It is suitable for students on Early Childhood Studies programme, EYPS, and Early Years Foundation Degrees.’ - Eva Mikuska, Senior Lecturer at University of Chichester, MA, EYPS, and Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood

The Developing Professional
The developing professional


This final part draws on many of the ideas explored in preceding chapters to discuss professionalism and continuing professional development (CPD) in the ECEC sector. Exploring and discussing the purpose of early education, the role of the ECEC professional and the nature of curriculum in early education has been an underlying theme throughout the book. In order to consider professionalism, purposes and the nature of curriculum, it is useful and indeed perhaps vital to first consider the specific body of knowledge that is peculiar to early childhood education and care.

In this last part, we will explore and discuss:

  • concepts of professionalism in ECEC and the specific professional body of knowledge that might pertain to ECEC
  • inter-professional practice and why it ...
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