Early years practitioners this week came together to launch a framework for those who work with children under eight.
Developed by the Early Childhood Education Forum, Quality in Diversity aims to create a shared language for early years practitioners, extend their understanding of children's learning and consolidate the strengths of diverse approaches. It also encourages collaboration between practitioners and parents.
Mary Jane Drummond, a Cambridge University Institute of Education lecturer and one of the authors, said: "It is an antidote to the feelings of frustration, resentment and powerlessness induced in early years educators by documents that treat us unprofessionally."
Quality in Diversity is not a curriculum nor even a set of guidelines. "It offers...a way of thinking about learning that will help practitioners shape their own...curriculum for the care and education of children from birth to eight," Ms Drummond said.
The document comes at a time of growing Government interest in unifying services for young children across education, health and social services, beginning at birth.
Quality in Diversity inEarly Learning from The National Children's Bureau, pound;9.95 members, pound;14.95 non-members, (+ pamp;p) 8 Wakley Street, London EC1V 7QE