Early Years Education and Care in Canada

A Historical and Philosophical Overview

By Susan Jagger


Composed of original Canadian content, this ground-breaking textbook features multiple voices from the field that, together, offer an extensive and balanced examination of the historical and philosophical influences of early childhood education and care. Broad in scope, this collection presents the various topics and approaches in the field before examining each in detail. Specific subjects include Indigenous ways of knowing, holistic education, and the influence of educational philosophers and theorists such as Rousseau and Dewey. The text also discusses contemporary issues such as children’s rights, diversity and inclusion, multimodality, technology, ecology, and Indigenous education in the context of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Featuring essays that examine the field’s history and future, as well as chapter questions that inspire critical analysis, this unique textbook is a fundamental resource for all students, academics, practitioners, and policymakers in education and early childhood education and care.


  • includes guiding questions at the beginning of each chapter that support reader engagement
  • uniquely provides a broad overview of key approaches and issues in early childhood education and care
  • contextualizes historical and contemporary themes


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6.75" x 9.75”

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