This book captures information about early childhood education and care (ECEC) policies and practices in different countries and aims to question the degree to which these countries have managed to meet the needs of children, families, and the ECEC workforce.
The book illustrates how different countries have adapted different strategies focusing on policy when it comes to quality ECEC. The goal of the book is twofold. First and foremost, it aims to present key findings and challenges for improving ECEC as a whole. Second, it aims to highlight problems and concerns which the field of ECEC faces, with respect to delivering high-quality care and education to all children.
As neither “ECEC” nor “quality” are universal concepts – but are shaped by social-cultural values, as well as national, economic, and political contexts in which ECEC services are provided – this cross-country volume is extremely relevant for fully understanding issues in the field of ECEC.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Early Child Development and Care.
Table of Contents
Introduction – Contemplating and probing issues of conceptualization, measurement and policy of ECEC quality in Europe and in the USA
Konstantina Rentzou and Ruslan Slutsky
1. There is still nothing better than quality play experiences for young children’s learning and development: building the foundation for inquiry in our educational practices
Stacey Pistorova and Ruslan Slutsky
2. Teacher–child relationships make all the difference: constructing quality interactions in early childhood settings
Shelley McNally and Ruslan Slutsky
3. The long way towards abandoning ECEC dichotomy in Greece
4. The relationship between quality of pre-school child care institutions and teachers’ teaching approach
Tiia Õun, Maire Tuul, Signe Tera, Kelli Sagen and Helena Mägi
5. Ensuring quality in early childhood education and care: the case of Turkey
6. Family support and early childhood education and care in Cyprus: existing policies and challenges
7. Cultural considerations of ECERS-3 in Sweden: a reflection on adaption
Susanne Garvis, Sonja Sheridan, Pia Williams and Elisabeth Mellgren
8. Parent-practitioner partnerships in early childhood provision in England, Hungary and Kazakhstan: similarities and differences in discourses
Jane Murray, Eleonora Teszenyi, Anikó Nagy Varga, Sándor Pálfi, Marzhan Tajiyeva and Aigul Iskakova
9. Enhancing the quality of early childhood education and care: ECEC tutors’ perspectives of family engagement in Spain
Jesús Paz-Albo Prieto
10. Early childhood education and care in Austria: challenges and education policies
Konstantina Rentzou is a Scientific Collaborator at the European University of Cyprus, Nicosia. She has extensive teaching, research, and consultation experience. Her research focuses on quality ECEC, organization of the physical environment of preschool settings, family engagement, children’s play, and male ECEC workers.
Ruslan Slutsky is a Professor of Early Childhood Education at The University of Toledo, USA. His research focuses on early childhood education and children’s play.