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Please click here for Early Years Foundation Stage Handbook 2014: EYFS Profile Handbook 2014

Featured Articles for September 2014

1. The Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education 3-14 Project (EPPSE 3-14) Final Report from the Key Stage 3 Phase: Influences on Students' Development From age 11 - 14 has been published and is available to download and view here.  This report provides powerful evidence on the likely returns from society's investment in early education.  Alternatively, read the review of the report published in Nursery World this month.

Featured Articles for August 2014

1. "The Play Return: A review of the wider impact of play initiatives" (Juy 2014) by Tim Gill.  Click here to read the full review.
Tim Gill is an independent researcher, writer and consultant, who was commissioned to write the review by the Children's Play Policy Forum.   For more information go to www.rethinkingchildhood.com

2. "Smoking in private vehicles carrying children: consultation document" published by The Department for Health, July 2014. To download the document in PDF form, click here.

Featured Articles for July 2014

1. For the latest research on children's attitudes to reading, preferred reading genres and shifts in the use of technology formats for provision of reading material, see the latest findings from the 2013 National Literacy Trust’s annual survey.   Click here to read the full article on the NLT website.

Featured Articles for June 2014

1. "The type and frequency of interactions that occur between staff and children outside in Early Years Foundation Stage settings during a fixed playtime period when there are tricycles available" by Helen Bilton, Institute of Education, University of Reading, Reading, UK.  Click here to download article

2. "Nature and its Influence on Children’s Outdoor Play" by Kellie Dowdell, Tonia Gray and Karen Malone, University of Wollongong University of Western Sydney, Australia. Click here to download article. 

3. "Improving Quality in the Early Years:  A Comparison of Perspectives and Measures" by Sandra Mathers, University of Oxford, A+ Education Ltd.  Click here to download PDF.

Transformative Change and Real Utopias in Early Childhood Education
A Story of democracy, segmentation and potentiality
Peter Moss, Routledge Press

Early childhood education and care is a major policy issue for national governments and international organisations. A new book in the ground-breaking Contesting Early Childhood series  – Transformative Change and Real Utopias in Early Childhood Education -  contests two stories that dominate early childhood policy making today: ‘the story of quality and hiPeter Moss Book Covergh returns’ and ‘the story of markets’. Infused by neoliberal thinking, these stories promise high returns on investment if only the right technologies are applied to very young children and the perfection of a system based on competition and individual choice. The book questions the overblown claims made by these stories and argues they are naive and reductive, politically questionable and lead to ever stronger governing of children and adults.  But Transformative Change and Real Utopias goes beyond critique. There are alternative stories to be told and this book tells one: a ‘story of democracy, experimentation and potentiality’ in which early childhood centres are public spaces, places where democracy and experimentation are fundamental values, community workshops for realising the potentiality of citizens (of all ages) through infinite projects. This story offers a strong rationale for early childhood services that does not rely on instrumental arguments, but looks instead to the needs and possibilities of a democratic, egalitarian and sustainable world.

The story of democracy, experimentation and potentiality calls for transformative change. But, the book contends, it offers a real utopia, both viable and achievable. A beautifully documented chapter about project work contributed by a Swedish preschool teacher offers an example of the story enacted in practice. While attention is given to the conditions needed for its more general and sustainable implementation.

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