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.

The Republic of Ireland

The republic of ireland

A Child Born in the Republic of Ireland in 2000: Aoife's Story

Aoife was born in February 2000. It was a home birth and a second child; it went very well and she was a healthy baby. Her sister Maeve was three years old at the time. The girls’ parents, Una and Tim, grew up in Cork and met as business studies students at university there. They both graduated with honours degrees, and immediately found employment in the insurance and financial industry. The couple came to Dublin in 1994 and with the expanding Irish economy set up their own consultancy business in 1995 that they run from home. They believe that although they work very hard, they are still ...

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