Developing Early Childhood Services
The book would offer an historical account of the development of early years services in the United Kingdom (with consideration of developments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as England). After an Introduction arguing the relevance of an historical perspective, it would offer a fairly brief account of developments from the 16th century to the Second World War, a similarly brief account of developments from the Second World War up until the Conservative victory of 1979, a more detailed account of developments in the period of Conservative Government (1979-1997) and three chapters with an even more detailed account of developments since 1997.
It is easy for those involved to become so focused on the implementation of the latest changes that they lose sight of the process of change itself. This book would be intended to help them to understand what has happened so far, to evaluate that process and to prepare for the future. The objective would be to assist the reader to understand what has happened, and why, rather than argue that what we have now is, or is not, better than what went before or than any other set of arrangements that might be conceived.
The Birth of Early Childhood Services (1500-1870)
The State's Assumption of Responsibility for Early Childhood Services (1870-1945)
Early Childhood Services in the Period of Post-War Consensus (1945-1979)
The Development of Early Childhood Services under the Conservatives (1979-1997)
Labour Back in Power and the New Emphasis on Early Childhood Services (1997-2001)
The Government's Policy on Early Childhood Services Takes Shape (2001-2007)
The Transformation of Early Childhood Services Falters (2007-2010)
Analysing the Development of Early Childhood Services under Labour
Evaluating Recent Developments in Early Childhood services
Time Chart 1811-2010