Inclusive daily childcare for children with disabilities (0-5) in England: a policy and practice overview from 1997 to present day

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This paper will employ the bio-ecological systems conceptual framework proposed by Bronfenbrenner (2005) to consider the development of policy and practice with regard to provision for young children 0-5 years old in England with a view to focus on childcare provision for children with disabilities within this age range. Discussion will note the children’s characteristics (the biosystem), early years childcare settings’ practice (the microsystem), partnership with parents (the exosystem), culture (the macrosystem) and the analysis of changes across time (the chronosystem).This paper will argue in England between 1997 and 2010 the previous Labour administration oversaw a general shift towards acceptance of disability and diversity. Furthermore there was demonstration of understanding between disability, diversity, child poverty and early years education and care. The current Conservative-led coalition government has provided mixed messages in this area committing to improvements in the childcare field but also to deregulation.
Period30 Aug 2013
Event titleEuropean Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) 23rd Annual Conference: Values, Culture and Contexts
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionRegional