Starting Strong IV

Monitoring Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Research suggests that, when it comes to early childhood education and care, quality matters most. A growing number of countries are establishing monitoring systems to ensure quality and accountability in these programmes. This new publication explores how countries can develop and use these systems to enhance service and staff quality for the benefit of child development. It offers an international perspective and concrete examples to help policy makers, monitoring experts and practitioners in the field develop their own monitoring policies and practices.

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A consolidated body of research and, in particular, from neuroscience in recent years shows that early childhood education and care (ECEC) provides a crucial foundation for future learning by fostering the development of cognitive and non-cognitive skills that matter for success later in life. OECD countries have undertaken measures to increase enrolments in ECEC for all children, for example by offering parents legal entitlements to a place for their children, increasing public spending in ECEC, and by lowering the starting age of compulsory education.

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