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.



A Child Born in Scotland in 2000: Kirsten's Story

Kirsten was born in May 2000, a hospital delivery by Caesarean section without undue complications. She was breast-fed until she was nine months old. Kirsten's family is made up of her father, Malcolm, and her older brother, Jamie, who was two years old when Kirsten was born.

The family owned a detached, three-bedroom house on the outskirts of Aberdeen and Malcolm worked offshore in the oil business, whilst Kirsten's mother, Helen cared for the children and the home. The family had been financially very secure since before Helen and Malcolm's marriage, due to Malcolm's lengthy offshore career. However, Helen was tragically killed in a road accident in 2003, leaving Malcolm to bring up the children on his ...

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