Recent authoritative evidence suggests that an estimated 200 million children under five fail to achieve their developmental potential due to factors including poor health and nutrition and the lack of stable high quality care. A significant number of the world's children today lack the basic rights to health, development and protection. In light of such statistics, early childhood services for young children have expanded around the world. The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Policy draws critical attention to policy in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) its relationship to service provision and its impact on the lives of children and families. The perspectives of leading academics and researchers from Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Australasia and Asia have been arranged around five key themes: Part 1: The Relationship Between Research, Policy And Practice: Country Case Studies Part 2: Equitable Early Childhood Services: Intervention to Improve Children's Life Chances Part 3: Extending Practice: The Role of Early Childhood Services In Family Support Part 4: Participation, Rights and Diversity Part 5: Future Directions for Early Childhood Policy This handbook is essential reading for practitioners, stakeholders and others committed to working within early years services to achieve an awareness of policy and its implications for services and practice.

Documenting Early Childhood Policy in Aotearoa New Zealand: Political and Personal Stories

Documenting Early Childhood Policy in Aotearoa New Zealand: Political and Personal Stories

Documenting Early Childhood Policy in Aotearoa New Zealand: Political and Personal Stories
Helen May

Introducing the Story

In 1985, an extraordinary event was held in the Legislative Chamber of Parliament in Wellington. This was the Minister of Education's Early Childhood Forum. The event was hosted by a Labour government, elected in 1984, that promised to redress the inequity of early childhood policy, blueprinted in the 1940s to favour part-day kindergartens (for 3- to 4-year-olds with teachers) and soon accommodated playcentres (for 2- to 5-year-olds run by parents). At the same time, emerging services, such as childcare and ngā Kōhanga Reo, the Māori immersion language early childhood centres (both inclusive of infants ...

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