Educating professionals who will work with children in the early years: an evidence-informed interdisciplinary framework
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The first five years of a child’s life are irrefutably important, establishing life-long health, social and economic outcomes. To optimize these outcomes, global policy is directing professionals from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to work more collaboratively than ever before with children in the early years. Such collaborations have proven problematic as individual disciplines and pre-service education requirements vary widely. Using Community-Based Participatory Research and Diffusion of Innovation approaches, this study aimed to develop an educational framework for professionals working with children in the early years and their families, to begin a cultural change for interdisciplinary collaboration and participation across the early years. Systematic reviews, modified Delphi rounds and focus groups identified the diverse demands of multiple professions, qualification levels and workforce agendas, as well as highlighting shared outcomes, knowledge and intentions across disciplines.
© 2018 TACTYC “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Early Years on 6 July 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09575146.2018.1488819” This author accepted manuscript is made available following 12 month embargo from date of publication (July 2018) in accordance with the publisher’s archiving policy