With the rapid change experienced by the Early Years Workforce over recent times, this book considers what constitutes professionalization in the sector, and what this means in practice. Bringing a critical perspective to the developing knowledge and understanding of early years practitioners at various stages of their professional development, it draws attention to key themes and issues.

Chapters are written by leading authorities and researchers in the field, and provide case studies from practice, and questions and discussion points to facilitate critical thinking.

Topics covered include:

leading and managing in the early years; reflective journeys; constructions of professional identities; men in the early years; multi-disciplinary working in the early years; professionalization in the nursery; child care practitioners and professionalization; early childhood leadership and policy.

With staggered levels of Further Reading, the editors and contributors provide a rich source of material that encourages reflection and promotes progression.

The Changing Face of Professionalism in the Early Years

The changing face of professionalism in the early years
LindaMiller and CarrieCable


This book has given space to a group of academics, trainers of early years practitioners and researchers to present a collection of individual perspectives on professionalism, leadership and management in the early years. Many of the chapters in the book present demanding and stimulating ideas and views on the professionalization of the early years workforce which we hope will challenge and unsettle you and encourage you to engage in a dialogue about the nature of professionalism, as Dalli and Urban envisage professionalism can be understood as a discourse as much as a phenomenon: as something that is constantly under reconstruction’ (Dalli and Urban, 2008: 132).

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