Early Childhood is a complex and diverse field. This text is designed to help students understand and engage with current themes in early childhood, supporting the development of critical thinking skills. Key themes such as children's voice, child wellbeing, identities and professional relationships are presented and opened up for the reader through essential theory and selected extracts. Thought provoking activities in all chapters help students to get a deeper understanding of contemporary themes in early childhood, supporting them in assignment writing and in linking theory to practice.

Working Inclusively in the Early Years

Working Inclusively in the Early Years

Working inclusively in the early years
Catharine GilsonAlison Street

This chapter will explore aspects of inclusion in Early Years practice and will consider both day-to-day and broader questions that challenge the role of the practitioner in settings and impact on young children's lives.

By the end of this chapter you should have:

  • inquired why the debate about inclusion vs. exclusion is important for young lives.
  • considered what attitudes, structures and events might constitute barriers to inclusion in work with families and young children;
  • reflected on your own identities, abilities and needs; how these develop in relationships with others;
  • considered the implications of theories to inclusive practice.


‘Inclusion’ is such a frequently used word in policy documents and political speeches that it has become a term often ...

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