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  • 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.

Families
Families

In Chapter 2, in exploring different models of the child and what might constitute childhood, one of the ideas examined was the notion that childhood is a time when children, as young and developing human beings, are vulnerable, particularly physically and emotionally. In Chapter 1 we also explored that, in order to flourish, human beings – and, in this instance, children – need to have access to certain goods, advantages and benefits to thrive and achieve well-being. For many reasons, some of which are explored in this chapter, it is ...

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