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Key Data on Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe – 2014 Edition

Kindergarden (Image CC SA-BY 2.0 glasseyes view)
Kindergarden (Image CC SA-BY 2.0 glasseyes view)

Through a variety of internationally comparable indicators Key Data on Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe – 2014 Edition highlights crucial access and quality issues concerning education and care of the youngest children in 32 European countries (37 education systems).

It combines national regulations and statistical data provided by Eurostat to analyse early childhood education and care (ECEC) structure, organisation and funding. Specific topics covered are the variation in enrolment ages across Europe, a persistent supply deficit for under three year olds and countries’ efforts to tackle it, fees and availability of free provision, characteristics of home-based services and the remaining lack of educational guidelines among ECEC services for children under 3 years. Despite these challenges, the report shows that many countries are gradually expanding place guarantees to lower age ranges and that ECEC is increasingly becoming an integral part of educational policies across Europe (Source http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/education/eurydice).

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http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/education/eurydice/documents/key_data_series/166EN.pdf

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