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The Early Years Professional: holding a mirror up to policy makers

Lumsden, E. (2013) The Early Years Professional: holding a mirror up to policy makers. In: Chandni, B. and Anderson-Patton, V. (eds.) Children and Childhood: Practices and Perspectives. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press. pp. 113-127.

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Abstract: The importance of the early years for later life outcomes is increasingly being recognised. The former Labour Government, 1997-2010, in England introduced a raft of policies aimed at raising the quality of early years provision and outcomes for the youngest children. As part of the changes a new graduate professional role and status, the Early Years Professional, was introduced evidencing a new era ofinvolvement by policy makers in the professions. Government involvement in imposing and shaping the development makes the Early Years Professional vulnerable to political change; it was developed by government and could be removed. Indeed, political change in 2010 brought considerable uncertainty about whether the Coalition Government would continue to support the development, though they have now provided funding until 2015. Alongside this uncertainty, commissioned research evidence is emerging of the positive impact of the policy agenda of the former government. A situation that has not been formally recognised, rather it appears to have gone unnoticed by policy makers. Indeed, the current government have taken a range of actions to dismantle changes previously made and there is an emerging discourse reframing the early years as a period that supports the youngest children being 'prepared’ for education. This chapter aims to address the challenges of this change of emphasis by drawing upon doctoral research critiquing the concept, implementation and impact of Early Years Professional Status as a new professional model. The research design was underpinned by Bronfenbrenner’s Bioecological Theory of Human Development, and rather than being a linear development it has been impacted upon at every stage of development by instability in wider systems, therefore providing evidence that supports his under theorised ‘Chaotic System’ and that childhood is not only a development phase but one shaped by political ideology.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Early Years Professional, ECEC, early intervention, Bronfenbrenner, chaotic system, policy
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1139 Early childhood education
L Education > LC Special aspects of Education > LC65 Social aspects of education > LC71 Education and the state
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1705 Education and training of teachers and administrators > LB1775 Professional aspects of teaching and school administrators
Creators: Lumsden, Eunice
Editors: Chandni, Basu and Anderson-Patton, Vicky
Publisher: Inter-Disciplinary Press
Northamptonshire and East Midlands: Education, Training and Skills
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Education & Humanities
Faculties > Faculty of Education & Humanities > Early Years
Date: 2013
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 113-127
Title of Book: Children and Childhood: Practices and Perspectives
Place of Publication: Oxford
Number of Pages: 259
Language: English
ISBN: 9781848881792
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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