Written for anyone working in the field of early years education and care, this book encourages students and practitioners to consider their own practice and to examine practice in a wide range of early years settings. The four sections link closely to the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and support the reader in developing a critical and reflective approach to their own work.

Issues covered include:

Play in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in England; The Foundation Phase in Wales; Safeguarding children; The healthy child; Leading a team at a Children's CenteR; How caregivers are working with the EYFS; Leading and managing a multi-agency workforce; Continuing Professional Development for early years practitioners

Ideal for those working towards Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), this book is also a must-read for students on any early years course, and will help the professional development of all practitioners working with the Birth to Eight age range.

Policy to Practice in Wales

Policy to practice in Wales
MichaelReed and AlisonMorrall

Chapter Objectives

This chapter explores policy formation for early years education in Wales. It allows us to examine the way that early education policy has developed leading to the introduction of a new curriculum framework, the Foundation Phase (DCELLS, 2008). It also allows us to understand and reflect upon the notion that education policy and practice is not universally applied in the same way throughout the four nations of the United Kingdom. There are unquestionably differences between the four nations, but there are also significant similarities. Foremost of these is a developing professional and political consensus of ways to support children and families based upon the tenets of Every Child Matters (DfES, 2003) and the ...

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