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.

Multi-Professional Working in the Early Years

Multi-Professional Working in the Early Years

Multi-professional working in the early years
Helena Mitchell

The importance of professionals working together to ensure that children and families are given the best possible service has increased in priority in the past few years. Children's centres in England bring together many different professionals, and offer an ideal opportunity for working across professional boundaries. This chapter considers some of the elements of effective multi-professional working, drawing on a range of evidence from relevant studies. The rapid development of Sure Start children's centres, which is the context for much multi-professional early years working, is examined prior to considering the ways in which professional communities define themselves before being able to engage in working across professional boundaries. Finally the chapter examines the ...

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