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.

Into a Crèche

Into a crèche

Chapter Overview

This chapter explores the dangers of being complacent in our work with families and children and, in particular, in relation to transitions for young children. The children's centre manager discusses a family's attempts to use the crèche at the children's centre for their apparently confident and outgoing child and the dissonance that arose for them when he did not settle as expected. The parents questioned long-held beliefs and decisions that they had made for their child but are ultimately able to use the situation to move forward and plan for his transition to school. The children's centre manager recognises the need to work with her own team and local network of pre-schools and nurseries to challenge any complacency. The ...

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