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.


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A Child Born in Wales in 2000: Sioned Niamh's Story

Sioned Niamh lives in a south-east valley town some ten miles north of Cardiff. She was six years old in June and is in Year 1 in the local Welsh-medium immersion primary school. This is a large school with over 400 children, aged three to eleven years. Over 97 per cent of the children in the school come from non-Welsh speaking homes. Sioned Niamh started part-time in the school's nursery class the September after her third birthday.

Her mother, Eleri, comes from Welsh-speaking west Wales and Welsh is her first language. She met Donal, who comes from Cork, whilst backpacking, two years before Sioned Niamh was born. Donal and Eleri initially intended to settle in ...

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