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Faulkner, Dorothy; Coates, Elizabeth A. – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2013
This article offers a chronological account and critical appraisal of changes to early childhood education and care (ECEC) services in England over the past 20 years. It describes the policy initiatives, educational interventions and research programmes introduced by successive governments that have effected significant changes to ECEC since 1990.…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Child Care, Educational Policy
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McMillan, Dorothy J. – International Journal of Early Years Education, 2009
Preschool provision in Northern Ireland is government funded and quality assured in all statutory sector settings (nursery schools and units) and in many voluntary/private sector settings (playgroups and daycare facilities). However, three unresolved policy issues continue to divide the sectors: the choices between a teacher or pedagogue role…
Descriptors: Nursery Schools, Early Childhood Education, Interviews, Foreign Countries