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.

Early Childhood Education and Care Across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland

Early Childhood Education and Care Across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland

Early childhood education and care across the united kingdom and the republic of ireland
Margaret MClark


In this final chapter we will provide a summary and comparison of the developments reported in the five preceding chapters on the provision of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) across the United Kingdom and in the Republic of Ireland. In September 2006, as we were completing this book, the second report of the OECD review of developments in policy and practice across twenty countries, Starting Strong II, was published (OECD, 2006). The first report, based on 12 countries, had also been available to us (OECD, 2001). As we indicated in Chapter 1, both reports have a ...

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