A new edition of the ground-breaking, popular and well-respected textbook that supports the study of early childhood from an holistic and multi-disciplinary perspective. The book uniquely balances the need for professionals and students to understand theory, research and policy in relation to young children's lives, giving you the ability to take an in-depth and analytical approach to understanding key early childhood issues and concepts based on children's rights. - Takes a multi-disciplinary approach to Early Childhood Studies, including sociology, health, psychology, genetics and social work - Fully up-to-date with legislation, policy and research development. - Includes guidance on the skills required to successfully study early childhood at degree level - Provides suggestions for further reading to extend the reader's knowledge and understanding of key topics. The book draws on practical examples to promote a deeper and critical discussion about working with young children and their families and particularly the ways in which early years professionals must embrace partnership working and collaboration.