Taming in the Early Years

  • Rob CreasyEmail author
  • Fiona Corby


The Early Years has been a major site for State intervention and regulation. It can be argued that policy agendas such as Every Child Matters represent ways in which the State colonises and regulates or governs childhood. For the State, it is concerns with education, work, and safeguarding which have dominated policy approaches and have contributed to the taming of childhood. Children’s status as becomings is epitomised in the way in which play has been replaced by a focus on education and concerns about school readiness, an approach which can be understood as schoolification. This operates alongside a concern with vulnerability and safeguarding wherein risk is something to be managed.


Intervention Safeguarding Play Readiness Schoolification Vulnerability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychological and Social SciencesYork St John UniversityYorkUK
  2. 2.School of Social Sciences, Humanities and LawTeesside UniversityMiddlesbroughUK

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