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Transforming Early Childhood in England

Towards a Democratic Education

Early childhood education and care has been a political priority in England since 1997, after a long period of neglect. Public funding has increased, and political parties aim to outbid each other in their offerings to families at each election. Transforming Early Childhood in England argues that, despite this attention, the system of early childhood services remains flawed and dysfunctional. National discourse is dominated by questions of the cost and availability of childcare, while a devalued workforce is characterized by a culture of quantifiable targets and measurement. With such deep-rooted problems, Claire Cameron and Peter Moss argue, early childhood education in England needs more than minor improvements. In the context of austerity measures affecting many young families, transformative change is urgent.
 
Transforming Early Childhood in England offers a critical analysis of the current system and proposes change based on a universal right to education. The book calls for revisions built on democratic principles, where all learning by all children is visible and recognized, educators are trusted and respected, and outcomes-driven targets are replaced. Combining criticism and hope, and drawing on inspiring research, the book is essential reading for students, educators, practitioners, parents, academics, and policymakers.
 

262 pages | 5 color plates | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

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Education: Comparative Education, Higher Education, Pre-School, Elementary and Secondary Education


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Table of Contents

List of figures and tables List of contributors 1. Introduction: the state we’re in Claire Cameron and Peter Moss  2. Families living in hard times Abigail Knight, Rebecca O’Connell and Julia Brannen  3. Child health and homelessness Diana Margot Rosenthal and Monica Lakhanpaul  4. Towards a unified and unifying ECEC system Peter Moss  5. Towards a ‘rich’ ECEC workforce Claire Cameron  6. Towards a public ECEC system Eva Lloyd 7. Towards a child-centred curriculum Georgina Trevor, Amanda Ince and Lynn Ang 8. Towards valuing children’s learning Kate Cowan and Rosie Flewitt  9. Towards a listening ECEC system Alison Clark  10. Towards a democratic ECEC system Diana Sousa  11. Towards a pluralist and participatory accountability Guy Roberts-Holmes  12. Towards empowerment for food and eating in ECEC Francesca Vaghi 13. Towards an ECEC system in synergy with parenting leave Margaret O’Brien and Peter Moss  14. Conclusion: from the state we’re in to what we want for our children Peter Moss and Claire Cameron  Index  

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