A guide to the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) setting with a particular focus on social-, legal- and health-related issues within an Irish context. * Discusses the emergence of the childcare profession and the legislation and policies that shaped its transformation, from pre-regulation times to the present day. * Links child protection thinking and concepts directly to childcare practice, through the use of case studies and activities, to encourage understanding and good practice. * Summarises current research into and guidelines for equality and diversity practice, focusing on their application in an ECCE setting. * Defines child health and well-being and discusses them in the context of current policy, legislation, research and Siolta standards. * Describes and applies to practice the role of the advanced early years practitioner and their professional development, using self-reflection and key interpersonal skills exercises. * Case studies and 'In Practice' examples throughout illustrate the relationship between concepts and practice.
WRITTEN FOR QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education (6M2007) and the following modules: 6N1945 Childhood Social, Legal & Health Studies 6N1944 Early Childhood Curriculum 6N1945 Supervision in Early Childhood Care 6N1946 Work Experience 6N1947 Work Practice