Important reforms are taking place in children's services in the UK, with a move towards greater integration. In England, Scotland and Sweden, early childhood education and care, childcare for older children, and schools are now the responsibility of education departments. This book is the first to examine, cross-nationally, this major shift in policy.
With case studies and practical examples to illustrate how changes have been implemented, this book is essential reading for practitioners, managers, politicians, trainers and researchers in children's services, including schools, early years, school-age childcare, leisure and recreation, child welfare and health.
Parental Leave and beyond: recent developments, current issues, future directions
Part One: International comparisons of social and educational reforms: background and contexts; Introduction; Contexts; Part Two: Bringing childcare services into education: England; Scotland; Sweden; Part Three: A comparative overview and future directions: Cross-national comparisons; Endnotes.