• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

In today's climate of multi-professional working, this book examines how children from the ages of 3 to 11 are educated, in the educational and social context of the Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda.

There are chapters dedicated to the five outcomes of Every Child Matters (which are: being healthy; staying safe; enjoying and achieving; making a positive contribution; achieving economic wellbeing), as well as comprehensive guidance on how to ensure the ECM standards are met. However, this book also looks at the broader scope of how children learn in early years settings and primary schools, and is written at a level that enables the reader to develop their own knowledge and understanding.

Issues discussed include:

Social justice; Diversity and inclusion; The child in society; Working with families

Case studies are provided in each chapter, along with activities, suggestions for further reading and useful websites.

Suitable for Childhood Studies and Education Studies courses, and for teaching assistants studying for a Foundation Degree or Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status, the content is equally relevant for teacher-training courses and practicing teachers and those working towards the EYPS award.


The intention of this book has been to help those who work with children, or intend to work with children, particularly in an Early Years setting or school, to deliver the Every Child Matters agenda and help children and families achieve its five outcomes. It has about enabling the achievement of well-being, and a central theme the book has explored is how our own attitudes, beliefs and values can impact on the ways in which we approach our role in this process.

We live in a highly complex and diverse society and as professionals it is part of our responsibility to ensure we are not confusing what we think is the case, or even what we would like to be the case, with what really ...

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