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Contemporary Issues in the Early Years: Working by Gillian Pugh

By Gillian Pugh

Compliment for First variation 'The ebook has been greatly revised to take account of contemporary laws in schooling, health and wellbeing and social companies, and incorporates a new bankruptcy on children’s rights. It brings jointly the perspectives of a number of the so much well-known and well-respected figures within the early years quarter' - Nursery international it's now generally authorized that in the 1st few years of lifestyles the rules are laid for all destiny improvement. If young children are to arrive their complete capability, then prime quality prone are required that meet their wishes for schooling and care, and the desires in their mom and dad for help. but it's only very lately that govt has well-known the significance of

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What caused this enormous social upheaval and dislocation in the 1980s and 1990s? For part of the answer perhaps we have to look to the political and economic climate of the time. While free-market philosophies have become more influential throughout Europe, neoliberalism ± with the value it attaches to market fundamentalism, economic individualism and deregulation, inequality and a minimal `safety net' welfare state ± has made more impact on the UK than most other countries in continental Europe (Giddens, 1998).

Instead and of some in progress, practice, immediately the British between bringing system `childcare' `care' and remains and `early `school-based' services for young children into one strong and integrated `early childhood' division, responsibility remained divided between two parts of the DfEE for three years ± the `early years division' and the `childcare unit'. Certainly government policy emphasises the close relationship between care and education. But underlying thinking often appears still compartmentalised.

32). CONCLUSION Having spent many years undertaking cross-national comparisons, I am forced to ask myself increasingly what their purpose is. Some see them as a resource for advocacy. Arguing a case these days often falls back on the `it will save billions of pounds' line or `we lag behind Europe' line. How far this sways governments is a moot point. Another reason is the search for `programmes' or `models' that can be exported. This raises many problems, Britain in Europe: Fringe or Heart? 39 not least how to take account of context, including values.

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