EARLY CHILDHOOD by EEsP8g

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									 EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION AND CARE
    key lessons from research for policy makers
         An independent report submitted to the European Commission
        by the NESSE networks of experts European Commission June 2009

This is an independent report commissioned by the European Commission's Directorate-General
for Education and Culture. The views expressed are those of independent experts and may not
be regarded as an official position of the European Commission. The main author of this report is
Helen Penn, currently Professor of Early Childhood in the Cass School of Education, University of
East London, UK, and a member of the NESSE network of experts. Drafts of this report benefited
from comments and advice from other NESSE network members and from other experts in this
field. Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged. The electronic version of
this and other NESSE analytical reports is available at:
http://www.nesse.fr/nesse/nesse_top/tasks


Introduction

Chapter 1:      An important but complex topic – Issues in scoping the review

Chapter 2:      The main rationales that drive ECEC policy – strengths and
                limitations of the relevant research evidence

                - The economic investment arguments
                - The importance of quality
                - The wider benefits of early education
                - ECEC as a contribution to lifelong learning and social mobility
                - The importance of women to the labour market
                - The importance of women's income to the family
                - Mothers' involvement with their children
                - Changing demographic profiles
                - Children's Rights
                - Child poverty

Chapter 3:      How to improve ECEC systems?

Chapter 4:      Conclusions and policy recommendations

References

List of tables: 1. Rationales for ECEC provision 23
                2. Comparison of Nursery Education in 4 selected EU countries 34
                3. The spectrum of support for mothers and fathers

								
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