the development, implementation and evaluation of early year’s policy reflecting on the role of research and the role of the practitioner within this process

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This essay will critically examine the development, implementation and evaluation of early year’s policy reflecting on the role of research and the role of the practitioner within this process. It will address the impact policy has on practitioners and their day-to-day practice and highlight the part children play within the policy process. Finally it will analyse possible tensions which can arise around this policy process.
Policy is define as: ‘a set of ideas or a plan of what to do in particular situations that has been agreed officially by a group of people, a business organization, a government or a political party’ (Cambridge Dictionary, 2011, http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/policy_1?q=policy).
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These aspects could all hinder the information that the evaluation gained as it could have a bias angle. This evaluation has been used as an example of how evaluation of polices can produce unfair findings if the methods utilised are not reliable. Baldock et al (2005) states that in evaluating policy for development ‘in order to understand some events we need not just to see the elements contributing to an event but also to see the whole’ (p.46) this involves communication and interaction between practitioners, parents, agencies and politicians this suggests that evaluations need to be well rounded and include all angles just as the research which goes into the design of the policy does.
As highlighted in the introduction policy is intended to provide guidance on a particular situation. In order to formulate policy, research is needed to provide evidence (Miller and Hevey 2012).
Research can be carried out by a variety of people or organisations such as the government, independent researchers or companies. This in itself can start the policy process with possible bias due to choice of sample; picking out certain

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