Published in 2018

The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Policy



The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Policy draws critical attention to policy in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) its relationship to service provision and its impact on the lives of children and families all around the world.

ISSA's program staff contributed to this relevant publication with the Chapter 33, dedicated to introducing the ISSA’s Quality Framework for Early Childhood Practices in Services for Children under Three Years of Age, a policy document and a tool that invites policy makers and professionals working in various early childhood services across sectors to dialogue about quality, practices and policies for the benefit of the young child’s development and wellbeing.


Part 1: The Relationship Between Research, Policy And Practice: Country Case Studies
Part 2: Equitable Early Childhood Services: Intervention to Improve Children’s Life Chances
Part 3: Extending Practice: The Role of Early Childhood Services In Family Support
Part 4: Participation, Rights and Diversity
Part 5: Future Directions for Early Childhood Policy


This handbook is essential reading for practitioners, stakeholders and others committed to working within early years services to achieve an awareness of policy and its implications for services and practice.

Chapter 33 written by the ISSA program staff is dedicated to introducing the ISSA’s Quality Framework for Early Childhood Practices in Services for Children under Three Years Old. This is a policy document and a tool that invites policy makers and professionals working in various early childhood services across sectors to dialogue about quality, practices and policies for the benefit of the young child’s development and wellbeing.