Understanding Early Years Policy (4th ed.)

by Damien Fitzgerald, Janet Kay

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  • 9781412961899
  • 9781473967977
  • 9781473967984

Previously known as Baldock: Understanding Early Years Policy is in its Fourth Edition. This best-selling textbook continues to provide fully updated coverage of all the latest developments in early years policy such as the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), SEND Code of Practice 0-25 years and the Children and Families Act 2014.

Exploring how policy is made, implemented, analysed and developed over time this book presents a complete overview of early years policy and an evaluation of its ongoing impact on practice.

This Fourth Edition has been significantly updated to include:

  • Full coverage of the 2010-2015 UK Coalition Government.
  • A comprehensive timeline of Early Years policy
  • Guidance on how to research policy for yourself
  • More international case studies, now including the US and Scandinavia.
  • New material on how to manage policy changes as a practitioner
  • An expandedfocus of  the devolved countries within the UK

This text is an essential read for early years students at all levels, and early years practitioners.


  • SAGE Publications; March 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473967977
  • Edition: 4
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Understanding Early Years Policy
  • Author: Damien Fitzgerald; Janet Kay
  • Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781412961899
  • 9781473967977
  • 9781473967984

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Understanding Early Years Policy is a most accessible and engaging read. It takes the reader through the complex network of policy development and makes useful links to other areas of policy; as such it s a book that can be used beyond the Early Years context.

The examples and suggested activities make a potentially dry subject matter come alive and will be most helpful to student engagement of the topic .