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Join the Editorial Board


The Editorial Board of Child Care in Practice has the primary responsibility for ensuring the publication of a high quality and relevant Journal with the aim of delivering against the following objectives:

  • To develop the knowledge base of practitioners, managers and other professionals responsible for the delivery of professional child care services. The journal seeks to contribute to the achievement of quality services and the promotion of the highest standards.

  • To achieve an equity of input from all disciplines working with children. The multi-disciplinary nature of the journal reflects that the key to many successful outcomes in the child care field lies in the close co-operation between different disciplines.

  • To raise awareness of often-neglected issues such as marginalization of ethnic minorities and problems consequent upon by poverty and disability.

  • To keep abreast of and continue to influence child care practice in response to children’s legislation.

  • To include the views of those who are in receipt of multi-disciplinary child care services.


The Role of an Editorial Board Member

The role of an Editorial Board Member is to advise and support the Assistant Editor, who has responsibility for the production of the journal. This will be achieved through attendance at Board meetings and involvement in the following range of activities:

  • Setting the strategic priorities for the Journal.

  • Promoting the Journal and increasing subscriptions and readership through ensuring colleagues are aware of the Journal’s value.

  • Encouraging the submission of relevant articles.

  • Quality assuring the standard of articles published through regular participation in the peer review process.

  • Considering the Journal for publication of one’s own work.

  • Supporting events run in conjunction with the Journal.

  • Mentoring potential authors.

  • Contributing in writing an editorial from time to time.

Editorial Board Members are more actively involved with the Journal than the reviewers.  The Editorial Board may occasionally delegate specific tasks to board members and invite them to contribute to sub-committees to take forward the work of the Journal.


Specific areas of responsibility

Some Board members may be asked to take responsibility for a specific part or aspect of the journal, including:

  • Overseeing the production of Special Issues

  • Holding the role of Book Editor

  • Holding an Office

  • Being a Director for the Limited Company Child Care in Practice Group


The Office Bearers of the Journal, who are Directors of the Limited Company, are:

  • Chair

  • Immediate Past Chair

  • Vice Chair (x2)

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer


Office Bearers will be elected at an AGM for a period of two years, and alongside responsibility for overseeing the production of the Journal, are also responsible for:

  • the management of resources including staff and finances

  • meeting all legal obligations


Appointment to the Editorial Board

Those wishing to be considered for a position on the Editorial Board should:

  • Be committed to the aims and objectives of the Journal.

  • Be involved in a relevant area of child care practice or scholarship and be in a position/role through which they can support the development of the Journal and contribute to its continued growth.

  • Submit a curriculum vitae to the Chair of the Editorial Board setting out how their experience will support the objectives of the journal

  • Appointment as an Editorial Board Member must be ratified at a meeting of the Board.


Attending Board meetings

Board meetings are held four times a year. Attendance in person in preferred, but increasingly we are experimenting with telephone and video links. Attendance, either in person or remotely, is expected at a minimum of one meeting annually, although significant contributions in the areas described above might outweigh this requirement.


Term of office

The term of office will be two years in the first instance, subject to review by the Editorial Board.



All members of an Editorial Board must disclose any information which may call into question their potential to be impartial on any matter, such as:

  • Membership of any other journal Editorial Boards.

  • Authorship or interest in any paper submitted to the Journal.

  • A personal or professional relationship with anyone applying for a position with the Journal.


Travel and subsistence

All travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with the current financial policy.

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