Understanding and achieving quality in Sure Start Children's Centres: practitioners' perspectives

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Abstract

This article focuses on some of the issues that shape understandings of professional practice in the rapidly expanding children’s centre context in England. Drawing on data from an ESRC-funded project exploring practitioners’ understandings of quality and success, the perspectives of 115 practitioners working in eleven Sure Start Children’s Centres are presented. The findings indicate that the practitioners’ definitions of quality and success are influenced by contextual elements, such as the organisational climate in which they work, as well as the wider political agenda and their individual histories. Putting practitioners’ understandings of quality into practice presents challenges on various levels as they search for new ways of working in order to provide ‘joined up’ provision that will work for children and their families as required by current policy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-265
JournalInternational Journal of Early Years Education
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Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2011

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