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1 Improving the quality of early childhood education and care for all children Nora Milotay policy officer School education, « Comenius » DG Education and Culture European Commission

2 Policy framework: smart, sustainable and inclusive growth Headline targets in the EU 2020 strategy Headline targets in the EU 2020 strategy –The share of early school leavers should be under 10% –20 million less people should be at risk of poverty –At least 40% of the younger generation should have a tertiary degree Youth on the move Youth on the move

3 Identification & analysis Monitoring of situation Coordination of policies Policy Framework Pre-emptivePreventiveCompensatory Early childhood education and care Student focused measures Second chance opportunities Recognition of prior learning Comprehensive support Measures at school level Measures at system level

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5 Equitable access The Barcelona targets (2002)encouraging Member States to supply full-day places by 2010 to formal childcare arrangements to The Barcelona targets (2002)encouraging Member States to supply full-day places by 2010 to formal childcare arrangements to –at least 90% of children aged three to the compulsory school age and –to at least 33% of children under three years of age. European benchmark European benchmark –by 2020 at least 95% of children between years of 4 year old and the age of starting compulsory primary education should participate in ECEC

6 Quality on the agenda since 2006 Efficiency and equity in European education and training systems (2006) Efficiency and equity in European education and training systems (2006) Improving competences for the 21st century: An agenda for European cooperation on schools (2008) Improving competences for the 21st century: An agenda for European cooperation on schools (2008) An updated strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (2008) An updated strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (2008)

7 Focus on quality improvement Quantity without quality is of little merit Quantity without quality is of little merit What does quality mean? What does quality mean? Possible areas for European cooperation might be: Possible areas for European cooperation might be: –Accessibility/affordability –Quality Curriculum Curriculum Staff Staff Governance – integration of care and education Governance – integration of care and education

8 Forthcoming Presidency Conference Presidency Conference Ensuring early acquisition of literacy: study on parental support Ensuring early acquisition of literacy: study on parental support Study on competence requirements of staff in early childhood education and care Study on competence requirements of staff in early childhood education and care

9 Tools 1.Reflections eg Communications on University reform, Efficiency/Equity, Adult Education, Schools 2.Exchanges of good practice Expert / practitioner networks; Peer Learning Activities; Conferences 3.Data and studies eg Eurydice, Cedefop, Benchmarks and Indicators, cooperation with other bodies eg OECD, UNICEF


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