Birth to Three Matters: Supporting the Framework of Effective Practice

Birth to Three Matters: Supporting the Framework of Effective Practice

Birth to Three Matters: Supporting the Framework of Effective Practice

Birth to Three Matters: Supporting the Framework of Effective Practice

Synopsis

"The quality of children's experiences, and the engagement of their parents, particularly in these early years, is critical to better outcomes that will impact on the child right into adolescence and adulthood. While we have done much to expand quantity, we also must keep working on quality. This book is a key tool for both practitioners delivering services and managers designing and commissioning them."
Naomi Eisenstadt, Director, Sure Start Unit, Department for Education and Skills

Birth to Three Matters is essential reading for anyone involved in providing care and education or developing policy for children between birth and three. The book:

  • Explores the structure and content of the Birth to Three Matters Framework
  • Supports the use of the pack by providing more detail, background information, and discussion of current research and case studies in Early Years
  • Examines a range of issues that impact on the development of quality in early years settings
  • Features contributions from influential early years experts, many of whom were involved in the development of the Birth to Three Matters Framework
Topics include national and international policy and research, practitioners, quality, anti-discriminatory practice, inclusion, safety, and training. A sound theoretical approach is supported and enhanced by a highly practical section, which links to the framework and shows how how observation, play, interaction and creativity affects work with very young children.

This book supports a variety of professionals involved in the development of policy, practice and quality in early years settings, as well as students seeking to understand more about the Birth to Three Matters Framework and the issues that influence work with this age group.

Excerpt

I am delighted to write the foreword to Birth to Three Matters. the last five years have seen an enormous expansion of childcare for very young children, and, as important, a keen interest by Government in the critical nature of the first five years of childhood. Key developments have been the establishment of the Sure Start Programme, the National Childcare Strategy, and the guarantee of free early education for all 3- and 4-year-olds. Alongside this enormous expansion of service has been a keen concern to ensure the quality of services delivered. in September 2000, the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) introduced the Foundation Stage, a curriculum for 3-, 4- and 5year-olds that now forms a crucial first part of the National Curriculum. More recently the DfES published the Birth to Three Matters Framework, guidance for all those who have responsibility for the care and education of babies and children from birth to 3. Against this wealth of national policy and attention on young children, last autumn the Government published Every Child Matters, which sets the basis for the transformation of services for all children, from birth to 19 years of age.

Many in the early years world were gratified at how much Every Child Matters emphasized the issues that consistently have been part of the early years approach: working with the whole child; bringing together concern for education, social and health outcomes; working with parents as well as children. All these are well reflected in both the Foundation Stage and the Birth to Three Matters Framework. Both measures have been widely welcomed in the field, and are making a significant contribution to the quality of children’s early experience across the country.

This new book, Birth to Three Matters, explores further the structure and content of the Birth to Three Matters Framework, giving researchers and practitioners new ways to think about the care and development needs of our youngest children. Many of its contributors were involved in developing both the Foundation Stage and the Birth to Three Matters Framework, and all have a long history of working in the early years field.

The quality of children’s experiences, and the engagement of their parents, particularly in these early years, is critical to better outcomes that will impact on the child right into adolescence and adulthood. While we have done much to expand quantity, we also must keep working on quality. This . . .

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