In line with the EU strategies for 2020 and the need for a systemic and integrated approach to Early Childhood education and Care (ECEC), the project identifies key issues and questions for which effective policy measures and instruments should be developed. They concern
The project will address these issues in an integrative way by combining state-of-the-art knowledge of factors determining personal, social and economic benefits of ECEC with knowledge of the mechanisms
determining access to and use of ECEC.
In developing a European knowledge base for ECEC, we will add to the existing knowledge in two ways. We will
The central aim is to develop an evidence-based and culture-sensitive framework of
Our interdisciplinary research team will construct this framework, based on the competencies and skills that young children need to develop in current societies, identify the conditions that have to be fulfilled to promote child development and wellbeing, and identify strategies and policy measures that support access to high quality provisions, and likely to receive broad support of stakeholders, thereby enhancing the impact of ECEC.