Key Data on Early Childhood Education and Care Education and Training in Europe

2019 Edition


Date of publication:  01 Jun 2019 Publisher:  Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA Education and Youth Policy Analysis) Publication type:  Report / Study / Data

The report in front of you provides access to international comparative data and multiple examples from different countries around the world linked to the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) and tracks the progress made compared to the past reports. It covers 38 European countries and 43 educational systems, including center-based and home-based service provision in the private and public sector. The first part of the document discusses indicators on the key quality areas of access, staff, educational guidelines as well as evaluation and monitoring. The second part offers country-specific information, with information sheets highlighting the key features of each ECEC system. According to the report in most countries, primary education starts around age 6, while in most European countries children under the age of 3 do not get good-quality ECEC. The report shows the Nordic, Baltic and Balkan regions have clear educational content, consistent policies and high-quality staff, but some still struggle to ensure access for every child. The types of ECEC services and their quality, however, differ across Europe.

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