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Special Issue: Education for people, prosperity and planet: Can we meet the sustainability challenges?
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Early childhood education and care (ECEC) in promoting educational attainment including social development of children from disadvantaged backgrounds and in fostering social inclusion (2012)

Type of project/activity:

The study was carried out under the Framework Service Contract No EAC/02/2010 (Lot 4). The EIESP is a member of a consortium led by Sofreco. This EU study was designed to inform policy-making with new insights into success criteria concerning accessibility and quality in the field of ECEC.

Partners:

Lead partner: Sofreco
Study team:
‐ John Bennett (Lead Researcher and author of report)
‐ Jean Gordon, EIESP (Study Coordinator/ Policy Expert)
‐ Michel Vandenbroeck (Senior ECEC Researcher)
‐ Arianna Lazzari (Assistant ECEC Researcher)
‐ Johannes Edelmann (Logistical Support Expert)

Main activities:

This study has been carried out for the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission (DG EAC) in response to a request for services under the Framework Service Contract No. EAC/02/2010 with the overall objective of supporting the work of the Commission and Member States, within the Education and Training work programme, in the field of ECEC and social inclusion. For the purposes of the study it was decided to focus on the following groups of vulnerable and disadvantaged children: children living in poverty or at risk of poverty; children of migrant or refugee families; Roma children and children at risk of educational failure.

The main requirement, to undertake a joint study with Australia, was modified during the study owing to unforeseen delays on the part of the Australian team, who were unexpectedly taken up with priority policy work during the period scheduled for the study. As it became clear that the Australian data could not be provided within a suitable timescale for the final report, it was agreed with DG EAC to finalise the draft report using the European data only.

The report provides data on the extent of child poverty in Europe and describes the negative impact of poverty, especially in infancy and early childhood. It then provides a brief overview of the access of children to early childhood services across European countries, in particular, the access rates of children most severely at-risk, such as, migrant and Roma children. There are then brief summaries of the main findings from the literature reviews and the two external case studies (the full text of each can be found in Appendices I and II). The report concludes with conclusions and key messages.

Name of programme and funder:

The study is funded by the Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission.

Expected outcomes:

Main Report
John Bennett (2012), 'Early childhood education and care (ECEC) for children from disadvantaged backgrounds: Findings from a European literature review and two case studies', with the collaboration of Jean Gordon (EIESP) and Johannes Edelmann (SOFRECO). Study commissioned by the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. 

For complete text of the report click here.

Annex 1 - Literature Review
Arianna Lazzari and Professor Michel Vandenbroeck, 'Literature Review of the Participation of Disadvantaged Children and families in ECEC Services in Europe', in John Bennett (2012), 'Early childhood education and care (ECEC) for children from disadvantaged backgrounds: Findings from a European literature review and two case studies', Study commissioned by the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission.  

The complete text of the literature review is available here.

Annex 2 - Case Studies
Peter Moss, "A review of government initiatives for young children in England, 1997-2010", in John Bennett (2012), Early childhood education and care (ECEC) for children from disadvantaged backgrounds: Findings from a European literature review and two case studies, Study commissioned by the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. 

For complete text of Annex 2 click here.

Policy Brief
Dawn Tankersley and Sarah Klaus, "OSF/ISSA approaches to teacher training and pedagogy", in John Bennett (2012), Early childhood education and care (ECEC) for children from disadvantaged backgrounds: Findings from a European literature review and two case studies, Study commissioned by the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. 

For more information contact Ms. Janet Looney of the EIESP: looney@eiesp.org