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Valuing Children with Special Educational Needs and Disability

Sutton-Tsang, Samantha ORCID: (2022) Valuing Children with Special Educational Needs and Disability. In: Exploring and Celebrating the Early Childhood Practitioner: An Interrogation of Pedagogy, Professionalism and Practice. TACTYC: Research informed professional development for the early years . Routledge, Abington, pp. 53-62. ISBN 9781032071992

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This chapter celebrates the unique qualities of the Early Childhood Practitioner (ECP) within the arena of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), locating this within the evolution of ideas and understandings of the SEND within the wider educational sector in England. It focuses upon the ECP’s expertise in supporting the extensively varied needs of individual children within the sector, whilst recognising and upholding all children’s rights to quality care within the non-maintained Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector and the local authority-maintained sector, illuminating differences in degree of responsibility for SEND between the two. Drawing upon the author’s involvement in the research carried out for TATYC in 2020, the chapter refers to primary research data collected from Maintained Nursery School (MNS) leaders and practitioners to demonstrate ECPs’ contribution to SEND.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge 'Exploring and Celebrating the Early Childhood Practitioner' on 1 November 2022, available online:

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Special Educational Needs, Early Childhood Practitioner, Early Years Practitioner, Maintained Nursery Schools, Practitioner
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Depositing User: Samantha Sutton-Tsang
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2022 13:22
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2022 16:58

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