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Multi-agency Working in the Early Years

Challenges and Opportunities

By (author) Michael Gasper
Format: Hardback
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Published: 15th Dec 2009
Dimensions: w 170mm h 242mm d 15mm
Weight: 455g
ISBN-10: 1847875270
ISBN-13: 9781847875273
Barcode No: 9781847875273
What does working in partnership look like in practice? Getting multi-agency working right is an exciting but challenging goal in early years care and education; this book suggests ways to draw together the different professional ideas, methods and targets. Enhancing the delivery of services to children, parents and communities is essential if we are to address the detrimental effects of poverty and exclusion. Looking at the Birth to 8 age range and drawing on interviews with Children's Centre leaders, the book considers: - the benefits, and complexities, of multi-agency working; - what enables, and impedes, good practice; - examples of successful multi-agency working; - what the 'new professionals' look like; - international perspectives. Suitable for all pre-school and early years practitioners working in, or organizing, multi-agency practice at any level, this book is relevant to all those working in Children's Services and useful for anyone studying early childhood or multi-agency working in practice. Michael Gasper is an educational consultant and researcher. He has over 30 years of experience in early years education and research, including roles as a mentor, assessor and tutor on the National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership (NPQICL).

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The book makes an interesting and thought-provoking read. -- Jane Payler 'We are living through an historic time of change in the delivery of children's and family services in England. At the heart of this change is a cultural and professional shift towards multi-agency working which encourages all professionals to work in partnership and integrate their services around the needs of the child and the family. The challenges of this new way of working are enormous and this timely, informed and extremely accessible book will support all lead professionals in developing the effectiveness of their multi-agency working. It will also challenge their thinking and understanding about how a multi-agency approach might deliver enhanced outcomes for every child and family. This book will be an invaluable support for all those concerned to make multi-agency working work!' - Professor Christine Pascal, Director of the Centre for Research in Early Childhood and President of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA)

'Focusing on the birth to eight-years-old age range, the book considers what enables and impedes good practice, and provides a good number of examples of multi-agency working, leadership and management in action' - Early Years Educator