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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.

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Country profiles of early childhood education and care systems

Country profiles provide a summary of relevant system-level data on early childhood education and care (ECEC) in participating countries in order to contextualise Starting Strong Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS Starting Strong) 2018 findings. The profiles draw on data from various sources, including results from a policy questionnaire implemented in the context of the OECD Quality beyond Regulation policy review in 2019 (OECD, 2019[1]), which collects information on ECEC policies from the authorities in charge of those policies. Other sources include Education at a Glance 2019: OECD Indicators (OECD, 2019[2]), the Starting Strong series (OECD, 2017[3]; 2017[4]) and additional information provided by national authorities.

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