Education & Care in the Early Years

Completely revised and updated edition of this well-established textbook, which details all recent changes in Government policy and legislation within the area of childcare.


  • New to this edition:
    • Describes the implementation of Aistear, the NCCA curriculum framework for children from birth to six years

    • Introduces Síolta, the quality assurance framework, which establishes the quality standards for the early childhood sector

  • Includes essential information relevant to the Irish childcare situation

  • Provides a strong and integrated focus on policies, laws and services within the context of Irish childcare

  • Diversity is a central theme again throughout this new edition

  • Contains class exercises in the form of case studies, scenarios, activities and discussion topics in all sections


- FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Childcare

- FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Community and Health Services

- CACHE, BTEC and City & Guilds qualifications in early years work

- FETAC Level 6 Certificate in Childcare

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Publication Date

April 2011




Paperback, 370 pages

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Section One: Early Childhood Services

Chapter 1: Development of the Early Childhood Sector

Chapter 2: Pre-School Regulations

Chapter 3: Children have a Right to Quality Services

Section Two: Providing for Play

Chapter 4: The Play Environment

Chapter 5: Play – Ages and Stages

Section Three: Child Observation

Chapter 6: Introducing Child Observation

Chapter 7: Observations in Practice

Section Four: Legal Issues

Chapter 8: The Legal Framework for Families and Children

Chapter 9: Child Protection

Section Five: Social Issues

Chapter 10: Sociology: Key Concepts for Early Childhood Workers

Chapter 11: Social Services

Section Six: Equality and Diversity

Chapter 12: Looking


244 x 176 mm


By Josephine Donohoe and Frances Gaynor

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Josephine Donohoe CQSW, DipASS worked as a social worker for 20 years and was also involved in social research during this time. She is currently the Social Studies tutor in Sallynoggin College of Further Education, teaching on the FETAC Level 5 and FETAC Level 6 Certificates in Childcare, the FETAC Level 5 Certificates in Community and Health Services; Applied Social Studies; and Youthwork.

Frances Gaynor MA (Equality Studies), HDipEd. was the manager of a Childcare Centre for many years before becoming the Early Education tutor in Sallynoggin College of Further Education, teaching on FETAC Level 5 and FETAC Level 6 Certificates in Childcare. She is currently deputy principal of the college.

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