This accessible and timely book builds upon and contributes to ongoing debates surrounding professionalism in the early years workforce. In a sector where policy is rapidly changing, Jayne Osgood challenges existing assumptions concerning professional identities and questions what broader lessons might be learnt about race, ethnicity, social class and gender in early years research and practice.
This engaging text:
Addressing new debates and policies from a focussed academic perspective, Narratives from the Nursery provides inspirational and enlightening reading for practitioners, researchers, policy makers and students.
1. Introduction 2. Policy context 3. Putting theory to work 4. Government policy and childcare workforce reform: a critical discourse analysis 5. Imagined childhoods: subjectivities and pedagogical practices 6. Maternal discourses and the formation of ‘professional’ identities 7. Negotiating Professionalism: challenges and resistance 8. Conclusion: towards critically reflective emotional professionalism