Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care

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This series of reports on quality in childhood education examine both specific countries as well as specific issues related to the quality of childhood education and make recommendations.

Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Sweden 2013

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Miho Taguma, Ineke Litjens, Kelly Makowiecki
05 Feb 2013
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Early childhood education and care (ECEC) can bring a wide range of benefits – for children, parents and society at large. However, these benefits are conditional on “quality”. Expanding access to services without attention to quality will not deliver good outcomes for children or long-term productivity benefits for society.

This series of country reports focuses on quality issues. Each report tackles a specific theme that was selected by the country reviewed. These reports suggest strengths and point to areas for further reflection on current policy initiatives.

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Table of Contents

Executive summary
-Aim of the policy profile
-Structure of the report
Chapter 1. What does research Say?
-What is curriculum?
-What is at stake?
-Why does it matter?
-What aspects matter most?
-What are the policy implications?
-What is still unknown?
Chapter 2. Where does Sweden stand compared to other countries?
-Potential areas for reflection
Chapter 3. What are the challenges and strategies?
-Common challenges
-Sweden’s efforts
-Possible alternative strategies: Lessons from New Zealand, Norway and Portugal
Annex: Definitions and methodology

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