Designed to facilitate professional development and critical reflection in the leadership of services for children and families, this book will enhance the understanding of readers from a range of disciplines and at varying levels of study. Packed with case studies depicting the experiences of children and their families in transition and exploring a wide range of scenarios, the chapters:

Explore transitions from a range of perspectives; Discuss the value of developing collaborative practice in deepening awareness of children's views and experiences; Explore the impact of practitioner inquiry; Look at examples of contemporary practice; Consider the ethics, policies and law relating to current issues; Enrich the reader's understanding of professional responsibility

Each chapter contains a chapter overview, a case study and suggestions for further reading. This book is relevant to all practitioners working with young children and their families and to all those studying early childhood.

Lost in Transitions!

Lost in transitions!

Chapter Overview

This chapter explores the role Home-Start plays in supporting families through transitions and is written from the perspective of a manager of a local Home-Start scheme. Home-Start is a voluntary organisation whose remit is to provide support and friendship to parents who have at least one child under five living with them, in their own home. The scheme recruits and trains volunteers who are then matched with families who have asked for help. The volunteers, who all have experience of full-time parenting themselves, visit the families once a week for two to three hours. They try to help with the stresses and strains of parenting and to prevent a crisis or family breakdown. Home-Start has been in existence for ...

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