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Early childhood education and care : policy and practice by Margaret Clark, TIM WALLER

By Margaret Clark, TIM WALLER

Presently, the vast majority of textbooks for early formative years schooling within the united kingdom concentrate on the placement in England. for that reason, readers can have a skewed viewpoint on coverage and perform, and never concentrate on the various and diverse contexts in Northern eire, Scotland, and Wales. additionally, these operating in settings now not in England need to work flat out to use texts to their very own contexts. This ebook offers the reader quick access to info at the guidelines and practices in ECEC throughout all of the nations within the united kingdom and the Republic of eire. every one bankruptcy covers historical past details; coverage and perform in early early life schooling and care; transition; education and curriculum; caliber insurance, exam, and inspection; specialist improvement and coaching; destiny and forthcoming adjustments; and case reports of kid's lives.

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In England, children start school in the Reception year, which is the second year of the Foundation Stage. 2 National Curriculum: Key Stages, ages and types of setting in England Type of setting Key Stage Age Years Nursery school, nursery class, nursery unit, pre-school*, childminder*, private nursery* Foundation Stage (Year 1) 3–4 Reception class in an infant, primary or first school Foundation Stage (Year 2) 4–5 Infant school, primary school or first school (5 to 9 years) Key Stage 1 5–7 Junior, primary or middle school (9 to 13 years) Key Stage 2 7–11 Secondary school or middle school Key Stage 3 11–14 Secondary school Key Stage 4 14–16/18 * if in receipt of a Nursery Education Grant from their local authority to support delivery of the Foundation Stage Curriculum start school in September if their place is jeopardised by starting later in the academic year; this contributes to the continuing increase in the number of four year old children in Reception classes (57 per cent of all four-year-olds were in Reception classes in 1999; 61 per cent in 2004, and 1 per cent of all three year olds; DfES, 2004b).

They decided to transfer Suraya to begin Year 1 at the new school in September 2005. Iftakar also joined the school nursery, within easy walking distance. Zainab continued to attend sessions at the SureStart setting with her new baby and with encouragement from staff and friends made a gradual recovery from postnatal depression. Her sewing skills had long been recognised through her contribution in making role play clothes and puppets for the group. An opportunity for home-based employment arose from contact with another parent.

Policy is determined by the local authority, even an individual school, thus creating inequalities in educational experience for children as they enter Year 1 and begin Key Stage 1 education (Gelder and Savage, 2004). In England, children start school in the Reception year, which is the second year of the Foundation Stage. 2 National Curriculum: Key Stages, ages and types of setting in England Type of setting Key Stage Age Years Nursery school, nursery class, nursery unit, pre-school*, childminder*, private nursery* Foundation Stage (Year 1) 3–4 Reception class in an infant, primary or first school Foundation Stage (Year 2) 4–5 Infant school, primary school or first school (5 to 9 years) Key Stage 1 5–7 Junior, primary or middle school (9 to 13 years) Key Stage 2 7–11 Secondary school or middle school Key Stage 3 11–14 Secondary school Key Stage 4 14–16/18 * if in receipt of a Nursery Education Grant from their local authority to support delivery of the Foundation Stage Curriculum start school in September if their place is jeopardised by starting later in the academic year; this contributes to the continuing increase in the number of four year old children in Reception classes (57 per cent of all four-year-olds were in Reception classes in 1999; 61 per cent in 2004, and 1 per cent of all three year olds; DfES, 2004b).

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