chapter  6
18 Pages

New directions in early education

WithG.A. Poulton, Terry James

Early education experiments have produced ideas which are more radical and diverse in their strategies than most other sectors of the educational system. Expansion of ideas is not necessarily incompatible with economic recession. However, in spite of financial limitations, imaginative schemes have commenced in some areas. A survey has been carried out from Southampton University during the first year's operation of fifteen educational-visitors who have been pioneering the work of home-visiting in England. Clearly, areas which contain a high proportion of Asian families will present different situations to the educational-visitors than a coal-mining town or a rural area. Educational-visiting is a demanding occupation. The conditions within some homes are far removed from those in a well-lit, warm, clean and ventilated classroom. Links between helping agencies and schools can be strengthened when the roles of the educational-visitor and the social worker are mutually understood.