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The role of the community in childcare and education

The role of the community in childcare and education

Key Ideas Explored in this Chapter

  • the influence and impact that the community has on children's learning and development
  • the ‘ecological framework’ identified by Bronfenbrenner
  • the importance of early intervention in supporting particular communities by considering the role of supporting agencies.


Children's lives are influenced by a complex range of factors, including the community they grow up in and the influences of wider society. Children experience the community through the eyes and ears of the ‘key’ adults in their lives, but their perspective is still bound to be very different as they do not have a lifetime of experience to draw on. We assimilate our knowledge and understanding of what ...

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