Early childhood education and care (ECEC) in promoting educational attainment including social development of children from disadvantaged backgrounds and in fostering social inclusion
1997-2010. Appendix II, Early childhood education and care and child poverty : a case study of England under the Labour government - Study
This case study focuses on England and the period of the Labour government from 1997 to 20101, under the premiership of Tony Blair (1997-2007) and Gordon Brown (2007-2010). In particular it examines developments in early childhood education and care (ECEC) during this period – the first time, as will be discussed further, that an English government had treated ECEC as a policy priority – and its relationship with disadvantaged children and another government priority, that of reducing child poverty. The study is in four main sections. Section 2 sets the scene by describing the situation – both... for ECEC and child poverty – that confronted the incoming Labour government, the legacy of the long-serving preceding Conservative government, first under the premiership of Margaret Thatcher (1979-90), then under her successor, John Major (1990-96). Section 3 examines what the Labour government did both for ECEC and child poverty. It begins by giving an overview of policy developments during the 13 years of Labour government, then within this context looks in more detail at five areas in ECEC: governance and finance; the organisation and management of services; supply of services and participation in them by children; the workforce; and engagement with families. The section ends by reviewing evaluations of what the Labour government achieved in the two areas of child poverty and ECEC, and what can be said about the impact of the latter on the former. Section 4 offers some conclusions from the author about the Labour administration’s record: what it achieved and what it failed to do.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (European Commission) , EIESP , SOFRECO
- Personal author(s): Moss, Peter Themes: Teaching, Education policy
- Subject: case study, child care, child protection, early childhood, education, education policy, England, marginalisation, poverty, social integration, young person