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Contemporary Issues in the Early Years

Contemporary Issues in the Early Years

Sixth Edition
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October 2013 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
If you are a student or practitioner in the early years sector, you need to develop a rounded understanding of key issues in this fast-moving field. This new and updated edition provides a critical examination of the essential issues in early years policy and practice. With contributions from highly regarded practitioners and researchers, this book accessibly balances theory and practical concerns.

The Sixth Edition has been extensively revised to include:
  • A new chapter on Child Protection and Safeguarding
  • Coverage of the new EYFS
  • Theory and research evidence
  • A Companion Website, highlighting further reading and current policies and frameworks
You can visit the Companion Website at  to view a video from the authors, and also access study materials including:
  • Points for discussion
  • Reflective tasks
  • Further reading
  • Web links
Bernadette Duffy
Gillian Pugh
The Policy Agenda for Early Childhood Services
Linda Uren
Facing Austerity - The Local Authority Response
Sacha Powell and Kathy Goouch
International Snapshots of Provision for Babies and Young Children
Sandra Mathers, Fiona Roberts and Kathy Sylva
Quality in Early Childhood Education
Brenda Spencer and Jan Dubiel
Inspecting and Evaluating the Quality and Standards of Early Years and Childcare Provision
Y Penny Lancaster and Perpetua Kirby
Seen and Heard: Exploring Assumptions, Beliefs and Values Underpinning Young Children's Participation
Bernadette Duffy
The Early Years Curriculum
Caron Carter and Cathy Nutbrown
The Tools of Assessment: Watching and Learning
Ann Crichton
Sure Start Children's Centres
Kate Billingham and Jacqueline Barnes
The Role of Health in Early Years Services
Iram Siraj-Blatchford
Diversity, Inclusion and Learning in the Early Years
Philippa Stobbs, Elizabeth Andrews and Julie Revels
Inclusion and Entitlement in the Early Years for Disabled Young Children and Young Children with Special Educational Needs
Mary Crowley and Helen Wheeler
Working with Parents
Harriet Ward and Rebecca Brown
Safeguarding Children in the Early years
Pauline Jones
Training and Workforce Issues in the Early Years
Carol Aubrey
Leading and Working in Multi-Agency Teams

Excellent book continues to encourage experienced practitioners to re-think child development theory.

Mrs Janice Grinstead
School of Health , Natural & Social Science, Sunderland University
March 12, 2015

Really helpful introductory book for 1st year students to focus their thinking about ECS

Dr Sally Howe
School Of Education, Roehampton University
March 12, 2015

This book continues to help with both planning modules and supporting students through contemporary issues both at foundation degree and honours levels.

Mrs Nyree Nicholson
Early Childhood Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University
August 17, 2016

The book covers many of the concepts and issues covered during sessions with my students. The book is easy to digest and apply to students own practice. Would recommend.

Mrs Nyree Nicholson
Early Childhood Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University
September 29, 2015

A very good read.

Miss Annette Trilk
childcare, Wakefield College
February 24, 2015

Offers many interesting perspectives.

Mrs Jan Gourd
Faculty of Education, University of St Mark & St John
February 17, 2015

Clear and accessible text for undergraduates exploring topical early years issues. Points for discussion allow students to review and appraise their own practice. A broad range of topics covered.

Miss Rebecca Bolan
Dept of Psychology, Kingston University
January 30, 2015

A comprehensive introduction to current policy, practice and workforce issues within the early years. This book reflects the changing political climate in which the sector is working, issues of professionalism, quality, partnership working and funding are brought to light by a range of respected contributors.

Mrs Victoria Bamsey
Plymouth Institute of Education, University of Plymouth
January 9, 2015

A new and updated edition of a core text with additional chapters supporting the application of safeguarding in practice and also a valuable addition around multi-agency working

Mrs Julie Kent
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
November 14, 2014

This text has been invaluable during the past academic year for students studying at levels 4-6. It has been highly recommended to many undertaking their own 'real-time' projects and will continue to be used during this academic year.

Ms Kay Heslop
Education (Coach Lane), Northumbria University
October 30, 2014