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    The changing nature of early childhood care and education in Ireland

    Kiernan, Gemma and Walsh, Thomas (2004) The changing nature of early childhood care and education in Ireland. Irish Educational Studies, 23 (2). pp. 1-18. ISSN 0332-3315

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    This paper traces the evolution of early childhood care and education (ECCE) in Ireland over the course of the last century. Changing conceptualisations of the nature of childhood provide the context for understanding historical and contemporary approaches to ECCE. Historically, young children's care and education were treated as separate entities, with ‘care’ provided within the home and ‘education’ outside the home. However, the contemporary perspective recognises that young children's learning occurs on a continuum from birth, with care and education being interdependent. Although a distinct ECCE sector is beginning to emerge, prompted by developments at policy, practice and research level, there is considerable scope for further progress. Given ‘where we have come from’ and ‘where we are currently at’, future directions and recommendations for ECCE are elucidated.

    Item Type: Article
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    Keywords: early childhood care; education; Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 5517
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    Depositing User: Thomas Walsh
    Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2014 16:06
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Educational Studies
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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