Providing Quality Early Childhood Education and Care

Results from the Starting Strong Survey 2018

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For most children, early childhood education and care (ECEC) provides the first experience of life in a group away from their families. This experience plays a crucial role in children’s learning, development and well-being. The benefits of high-quality ECEC are not restricted to children’s first years of life. However, little is known about this first experience. What do children learn and do in ECEC settings? With which staff do children interact at their centres? Do all children face the same opportunities to enrol in high-quality settings? What are the main spending priorities to raise the quality of ECEC? These are key questions for parents, staff and policy makers.

The OECD Starting Strong Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS Starting Strong) is the first international survey that focuses on the ECEC workforce. It offers an opportunity to learn about the characteristics of the workforce, the practices they use with children, their beliefs about children’s development and their views on the profession and on the sector. This first volume of findings, Providing Quality Early Childhood Education and Care, examines multiple factors that can affect the quality of ECEC and thereby can influence children’s learning, development and well-being.



List of TALIS Starting Strong 2018 contributors

TALIS Starting Strong is a collaborative effort, bringing together expertise from participating countries that share an interest in developing a survey project to inform their policies about the early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce and quality of provision. This report is the product of collaboration and co-operation among the member countries of the OECD participating in the first round of TALIS Starting Strong. Engagement with bodies representing teachers (Education International) and regular briefings and exchanges with the Trade Union Advisory Council (TUAC) at the OECD have been very important in the development and implementation of TALIS Starting Strong. In particular, the co-operation of staff and leaders in the participating centres has been crucial in ensuring the success of TALIS Starting Strong.


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