Publication Details

Siraj-Blatchford, I. (1998). Criteria for determining quality in early learning for 3-6 year-olds. In I. Siraj-Blatchford (Eds.), A Curriculum Development Handbook for Early Childhood Educators (pp. 3-14). Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom: Trentham Books.


This book is about extending good practice in curriculum development and supporting and sustaining the positive practices that characterise many early childhood settings. The curriculum cannot be seen in isolation and it cannot exist without a strong and well-developed framework of support, the social and institutional context in which curriculum 'happens'. To develop and deliver a sound curriculum the staff must be well informed about child development and culture and about subject knowledge and appropriate ways of 'teaching' young children so that all the children in their setting can access the curriculum. Time needs to be spent developing shared perspectives so that everyone is pulling in the same direction.