The Reception Year is a special time for children and their teachers. This text celebrates the uniqueness of the Reception Year and the unique role of the Reception Teacher. This is a book for those aspiring to be reception teachers, those new to teaching in reception and for those with a love for the reception year.

You as an Advocate for Early Childhood

You as an advocate for early childhood
Samantha Weeks

In this chapter we will begin to consider:

  • the role of the Reception teacher as an Early Childhood advocate;
  • what it is that makes Early Childhood separate and ultimately connected to the wider field of education;
  • how to remain connected and stay strong;
  • education as democracy.


Malaguzzi reassured us that children have a deep pocket where they hold their memories and experiences from their pre-school years. In a world of accountability that is increasingly based upon data and expectations for attainment, many schools have buckled under the pressure and have succumbed to the drive for data and some have bought in schemes to help them collect and manage data about children's ...

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