Birth to Three Matters: Supporting the Framework of Effective Practice

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Birth to Three Matters is essential for all those involved in developing policy and providing care and education for children between birth and three.

It carefully examines the structure and content of the recently published Birth to Three Matters materials and explores a range of ‘matters’ that impact on the development of quality in early years settings. To do this, the editors have called upon a number of influential early years experts, many of whom were involved in the development of the Birth to Three Framework. The matters addressed in relation to the wider context of provision include national and international policy and research, practitioners, quality, continuity, Anti-discriminatory practice, inclusion, parents, safety and future training. This sound theoretical approach is supported and enhanced by a highly practical section, linked to the framework, which explores the role and implications for practice with very young children, of observation, play, interaction and creativity.

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

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Lesley Abbott is Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. She directed the Birth to Three Matters Project for the DfES. She also directed the earlier research project Educare for the Under Threes, which resulted in the training and resource materials Shaping the Future – Working with the Under Threes. She has a background in primary and early childhood education and has worked in teacher education and multidisciplinary training for many years developing one of the first Early Childhood Studies degrees. She has served on a number of government committees and contributed to conferences nationally and internationally. She has worked in Australia, Singapore and Ireland and has published widely in the early years field. Publications include Working with the Under Threes – Training and Professional Development and Working with the Under Threes – Responding to Children’s Needs and Early Education Transformed with Helen Moylett and, co-edited with Gillian Pugh, Training to Work in the Early Years, Developing the Climbing Frame. She is currently directing the Birth to Three Training Matters Project funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award alongside Lesley Staggs.

Ian Barron is Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a member of the national Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network. He has had a variety of experiences in the early childhood field, including work in primary schools in inner London and Leeds and headship of a nursery school in Lancashire and of an infant school in Calderdale. Ian has also provided in-service and advisory services for a number of LEAs and has contributed to the development of early years curriculum guidelines and was a member of the project team that developed the Birth to Three Matters Framework. He has also worked in a further education college, as an OFSTED Registered Inspector (Primary) and in a college of higher education. His research interests and journal publications are in the areas of early literacy, training of early childhood workers and constructions of childhood.

Tina Bruce is Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey Roehampton. Her contribution over the years includes international work in the USA, New Zealand and Europe, and the influence of her specialist training working with children with SEN and disability and their families is promoting inclusion. Tina has brought a Froebelian perspective on government committees, including developing the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage, the Foundation Profile and the Birth to Three Matters Framework. She is author of numerous best selling books, including Childcare and Education, Learning Through Play: Babies, Toddlers and the Foundation Years and Developing Learning in Early Childhood. She is editor of Early Childhood Practice: The Journal for Multi-Professional Partnerships. She, with Jean Ensing, CBE, recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Early Years, 2002.

Tricia David is Emeritus Professor of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University College, having officially retired in 2002. She was a Professor of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University College for seven years and prior to that worked at Warwick University for ten years, having been a headteacher of both nursery and primary schools earlier in her career. Tricia’s research and writing is mainly concerned with the earliest years (birth to age 6). Her publications include thirteen books (single authored or edited by her) and around one hundred journal articles and chapters in books. Tricia is known internationally for her work with l’Organisation Mondiale pour l’Education Prescolaire (OMEP) and for the OECD, for whom she recently acted as rapporteur of their study of Early Childhood Education and Care in the Netherlands, reported in Starting Strong (2001: OECD). She was greatly assisted by her five grandchildren in her work for the Birth to Three Matters project.

Pat Djemli is now a Senior Educare Adviser for Staffordshire Early Years and Childcare Unit. Until recently she was the Care Manager at Tamworth Early Years Centre. Her chapter in this book was written with Helen Moylett while they were both still working at Tamworth. Her management responsibilities at the Centre included working with the under threes and family support. Pat has worked as a nursery nurse and manager in various settings. Before moving to Tamworth Early Years Centre she was the Manager of a social services day nursery and has many years of experience working in day care. She has developed parenting programmes and other family support packages which are used across the county. She contributed to ‘Ten Steps to Five’ (1997) Staffordshire’s developmental record for under-5s. Pat is an NVQ Level 3/4 assessor and has almost finished her own NVQ Level 5 in Operational Management. She has a particular interest in young children’s views on provision and as an advanced skills practitioner was leading the centre’s work on the Esmée Fairbairn funded Birth to Three Training Matters Project.

Bernadette Duffy is Head of the Thomas Coram Early Childhood Centre in Camden, which has been designated as a Sure Start Children’s Centre by the DfES. The Centre offers fully integrated care and education for young children in partnership with their parents and the local community. Bernadette was a valued member of the Working Group for the Birth to Three Matters Project. She was also part of the Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA) Foundation Stage working party which devised the Guidance for the Foundation Stage and had a particular input into the section on creative development. She is currently involved in an extension to the QCA’s Creativity: Find it: Promote it. Bernadette is Vice-Chair of the British Association for Early Childhood Education, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the DfES Early Education Advisory Group and the Primary Education Study Group. Bernadette has contributed to a number of publications and is author of Supporting Creativity and Imagination in the Early Years, published by Open University Press.

Peter Elfer is Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at Roehampton University of Surrey. He has undertaken a number of studies of children under three in nursery provision and has recently published Key persons in Nursery: Building relationships for quality practice with Elinor Goldschmied and Dorothy Selleck. He was a member of one of the Birth to Three Matters working groups. Prior to joining Roehampton, he worked in the Early Childhood Unit at the National Children’s Bureau. Peter’s current research is looking at how different nurseries manage the emotional complexity of work with babies and children under-3, using the observation method discussed in his chapter in the book.

Kathy Goouch is Team Leader for Early Years Education at Canterbury Christ Church University College. Her interest in young children’s literacy has developed over many years teaching experience, which ranged from Kindergarten through the primary stages. Kathy’s research focus is in early literacy, particularly in young children’s ability to construct meaning through reading and mark making, and the teaching interactions that support this. Publications include Making Sense of Early Literacy (2000) with Tricia David and colleagues involved in the Early Literacy Links Project, and Young Children and Playful Language (with Teresa Grainger) in Teaching Young Children (1999) edited by Tricia David. Kathy is currently working with colleagues on research projects relating to creativity and writing, with a consortia of local schools.

Julie Jennings is a trained teacher who has specialized in the care and education of children with special educational needs and disabilities. Her postgraduate training has been in working with children with learning difficulties and with visual impairment. She is also a Froebel trained early childhood teacher. Having taught for many years in special and mainstream schools and early years settings, Julie was Head of an LEA visual impairment service before joining RNIB. For RNIB, as Early Years Development Officer, she is taking the lead in promoting services, which will improve the range and quality of early childhood provision for children with a visual impairment from birth to five years, and their families.

Rachel Holmes is a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University where she is both a Senior Lecturer and a part time Research Associate. She has a background in teaching in the Early Years and at Key Stage 1, but has developed an enthusiastic interest in inter-agency working and multiprofessional issues within the early years and has been Course Leader for the BA Early Childhood Studies Degree. Her teaching areas within the University include ‘Children’s Rights‘, ‘The Individual and the Social in Childhood’, ‘Teaching Studies’ and ‘Constructions of Early Childhood’. She has an MA in Arts Education and is currently doing a PhD, her research is focused around ways of building a therapeutic dimension into teaching and learning for trainee early childhood practitioners.

Ann Langston is a freelance Early Years Consultant. With a background in Teacher Education and Nursery Nurse training, Ann has a wide experience of work and management in the early years. Formerly an Early Years Adviser in a local authority and a Senior Lecturer In Early Years Education; she has managed an Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership as well as having managed under fives provision in eight nursery centres and schools in an Early Years Service. Ann was a Project Team member, involved extensively in the develop ment of the Birth to Three Matters Framework (DfES) and also managed the recent Birth to Three Matters Training of Trainers Programme (DfES), which included development of the Birth...

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