Currently, the majority of textbooks for early childhood education in the UK focus on the situation in England. As a result, readers may have a skewed perspective on policy and practice, and not be aware of the varying and different contexts in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Also, those working in settings not in England have to work hard to apply texts to their own contexts. This book gives the reader easy access to information on the policies and practices in ECEC across each of the countries in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Each chapter covers background information; policy and practice in early childhood education and care; transition; schooling and curriculum; quality assurance, examination, and inspection; professional development and training; future and imminent changes; and case studies of children's lives.

Northern Ireland

Northern ireland

A Child Born in Northern Ireland in 2000: Holly's Story

Holly was born in February 2000. Her family consists of her mother (Margaret), her father (John) and one older brother (Matthew), who was four years old when Holly was born. They also enjoy a large extended family, with both sets of grandparents living close by. They live in a detached, four bedroom dwelling in a small village in County Tyrone. John is an accountant by profession and Margaret is a primary school teacher. Both are qualified to degree level; John has a BSc in Chartered Accountancy and Margaret has a BEd, specialising in English. Both have been working on a full-time basis. Margaret returned to full-time employment when Matthew was four months old, ...

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