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.

Working in Multidisciplinary Teams

Working in multidisciplinary teams


The Children and Young People's Workforce Strategy (DCSF, 2008) recommends that everyone who works with children and young people should be committed to integrated working with other professionals in order to improve outcomes for children and young people. In this chapter, I look at the background to the move towards integrated working and measures that have been taken to promote this. I then explore some of the ways that professionals from different backgrounds are attempting to work together and consider how multidisciplinary working may be accomplished. I consider whether this way of working is possible and why it is so desirable. I then use the work of teams in Sure Start Children's Centres as a basis for discussion ...

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