Pre-school education

  • Early childhood care: Accessibility and quality of services

    Access to early childhood education and care (ECEC) services and the quality of such services are important issues that are gaining greater prominence in the EU. This study presents evidence on the elements of working conditions and in-service training that increase the quality of ECEC.

  • Early childhood care: Accessibility and quality of services - Executive summary

    This report focuses on access to and quality of early childhood education and care (ECEC) services, two dimensions that have gained increasing importance in the political agenda in Europe since the 2011 Communication from the Commission Early childhood education and care: Providing all our children with the best start for the world of tomorrow.

  • Early childhood care: working conditions, training and quality of services - A systematic review - Executive summary

    Recent EU policy documents highlight the importance of improving working conditions and enhancing the professional development of the workforce in the early childhood education and care field – both in ensuring equitable access to services and in boosting the quality of provision. This report reviews research evidence from all 28 EU Member States to identify how the training and development of ECEC workers can be tailored to improve the quality of the services available for children below primary-school age in EU Member States. Among other findings, it concludes that interventions in professional development that are integrated into existing practice – with a focus on reflection – can result in more effective practice and curricula.

  • Early childhood care: working conditions, training and quality of services – A systematic review

    Recent EU policy documents highlight the importance of improving working conditions and enhancing the professional development of the workforce in the early childhood education and care field – both in ensuring equitable access to services and in boosting the quality of provision.

  • Early childhood education and care: Working conditions and training opportunities

    The aim of this working paper is to provide information about the working conditions and in-service training opportunities of early childhood education and care (ECEC) workers and to describe how these factors are linked to outcomes for children. This paper is part of the research project ‘Assessing childcare services’ being carried out by Eurofound in 2013 and 2014. The project focuses on the two dimensions of early childhood education and care that have been the main focus of policy initiatives at European level: ensuring that services are accessible and that they are of good quality.