Martin Woodhead is Emeritus Professor of Childhood Studies at the Open University, and Vice-Chair of Trustees for UNICEF UK. Martin is also the Associate Research Director of Young Lives, a major 15 year, longitudinal study of 12,000 children growing up in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam, based in the Department of International Development, University of Oxford. Martin began international policy research on early childhood with the Council of Europe in the 1970s, and has since worked extensively on the challenges of delivering early childhood programmes across low and middle income countries. Martin was the Special Adviser to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in the preparation of General Comment 7, Implementing Child Rights in Early Childhood. Martin led on the preparation of the ECD Topic Guide. Many of Martin’s other publications can be downloaded at http://oro.open.ac.uk/view/person/mw24.html.
Brief introduction to the topic Integrated early childhood development (ECD) is a comprehensive starting point for research, policy and service development. As the HEART Early Childhood Development Topic Guide (Woodhead et. al., 2014) points out, ECD spans the period from conception through to eight years and covers a range of sectors including early learning and… Read more