This title opens up debate about the meaning of professionalism in the early childhood context. It draws together the work of an international group of scholars who ask if professionalism can be conceptualised in diverse and changing early childhood settings.
Carmen Dalli is an associate professor in the School of Educational Policy and Implementation, and the director of the Institute for Early Childhood Studies at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. In the mid-1990s, Carmen was involved in the development of the New Zealand early childhood Code of Ethics and retains an interest in issues of professionalism and ethical practice in the early years. Her research focuses on issues of professionalism in early years practice particularly with children aged under three years. Mathias Urban is Reader in Education (associate professor) at the Cass School of Education, University of East London. His work in international and national contexts revolves around questions of quality, equality and professionalism in early childhood education. He has been involved in the National Quality Initiative in Germany in the 1990s and is founding member of a six-country consortium to deliver the first joint European Master programme in early childhood education (www.em-ec.eu).