Early Childhood Education and Care – some useful resources

ECEC is a broad area of work and study, so inevitably there are omissions. Resources below are purely indicative and have been published by a range of sources: government departments, publicly funded agencies, and reputable voluntary or not-for-profit organisations.

The views expressed in these resources are not necessarily shared or endorsed by the management committee of Vulnerability360 but we think they make a valuable contribution to the field.

ECEC Policy

Fitzgerald, D. and Kay, J. (2016) Understanding Early Years Policy, 4th ed. London: Sage Publications.

Cronin, M., Argent, K. & Collett, C. (2017) Poverty and Inclusion in Early Years Education, Oxon: Routledge.

The Tickell Review of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Report on the Evidence for the Tickell Review: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/tickell-review-reports

Synthetic Phonics and Baseline Assessment Critique – Clark (2017)

Capital funding for schools – public accounts committee (2017)

Current ECEC Legislation

Statutory Framework for the Foundation Stage 2017: www.foundationyears.org.uk/eyfs-statutoryframework/

The Children Act 1989: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1989/41/contents

The Children Act 2004: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2004/31/contents

The Childcare Act 2006: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/21/contents

The Children and Families Act 2014: http://www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk/resources/summary-children-families-act-2014/

 

ECEC Workforce

The Nutbrown Review, 2012: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/175463/Nutbrown-Review.pdf

Early Years Initial Teacher Training: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/early-years-initial-teacher-training-a-guide-for-providers

Guide to Children’s Workforce Training and Qualifications published by Children and Young People Now, October 2015: http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/1154042/childrens-workforce-guide-to-training-and-qualifications

Cronin, M. (2014) Men in Early Childhood: a moral panic? A research report from a UK University, Social Change Review, Summer Vol 12(1), p3-24.

ECEC International perspectives

OECD (2006) Starting Strong. Paris: OECD.

Melhuish, E. and Petrogiannis, K. (eds) (2006) Early Childhood Education and Care: International Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Penn, H. (2005) Unequal Childhoods. London: Routledge.

ECEC Organisations

Children’s Rights Alliance for England www.crae.org.uk

Child Poverty Action Group www.cpag.org.uk

Joseph Rowntree Foundation www.jrf.org.uk

National Children’s Bureau   www.ncb.org.uk

NSPCC www.nspcc.org.uk

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development www.oecd.org

Save the Children www.savethechildren.org.uk

Too much too soon http://www.toomuchtoosoon.org/

 

Some examples of student dissertations which consider specific areas of interest in ECEC:

‘Perspectives of School Readiness: The Experiences of Practitioners and Children’ by Lisa Cottrell (Research conducted as part of an undergraduate Early Childhood Education and Care degree).

‘Nurturing needs through Nature’ by Claire Andrews (Research conducted as part of an undergraduate Early Childhood Education and Care degree).

‘Putting the Net in Place – How do School’s Promote Internet Safety?’ by Sabha Shahen (Research conducted as part of an undergraduate Early Childhood Education and Care degree).

‘A Case Study to Explore the Perception of Practitioners to Assessment and Testing within the Early Years’ by Amy Powell (Research conducted as part of an undergraduate Early Childhood Education and Care degree).

‘A Case Study Exploring Practitioners’ Views of Risk Taking in a Special Educational Needs Forest School’ by Faiza Shafiq (Research conducted as part of an undergraduate Early Childhood Education and Care degree).

‘An Exploration of the use of Technology in a key stage one classroom’ by Sayra Akhtar (Research conducted as part of an undergraduate Early Childhood Education and Care degree).

‘The Importance of Cultural Representations in ECEC setting’ by Charmaine Sawyers (Research conducted as part of an undergraduate Early Childhood Education and Care degree).

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