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.

A Childcare Social Enterprise: The London Early Years Foundation Model

A Childcare Social Enterprise: The London Early Years Foundation Model
June O'Sullivan

Education is not a way to escape poverty – it is a way of fighting it. (Julius Nyerere, former president of the United Republic of Tanzania International Workshop on Education and Poverty Eradication, Kampala,

Uganda, 30 July–3 August 2001)

Every society should take great care of its children, including educating its youngest members, because generally what is good for the child is good for society and that extends even further when applied to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Research findings from the OECD (2001), Heckman and Masterov (2007), Hirsch (2007) and Bertelsmann Foundation (2014) show the benefits of education for small ...

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