chapter  2.5
Building on Firm Foundations
WithJanet Rose, Sue Rogers, Elizabeth Carruthers
Pages 16

The early years sector In the UK has seen an unprecedented period of development and change via major investment and attention from policymakers in the past 20 years, although this has diminished somewhat in recent years. The sociopolitical agenda to ameliorate the divisive and fragmented nature of early years provision in the UK was (and, arguably, still is) closely bound up with the desire to reduce child poverty and disadvantage and to encourage parents (and in particular mothers) back to work. These aspirations have required a major ‘root and branch’ approach to services for young children and their families (Anning, 2006), and central to this has been the dual aim to both increase the quantity, and improve the quality, of early education and childcare provision.