The European Commission addresses Quality of Child Care

Published March 14, 2012 – by Jeanet van de Korput

Yesterday the CORE study has been presented by Prof. Michel Vanden Broeck, Prof. Paul Leseman and Anke van Keulen.

The CORE study is the first European study commissioned by the Directoraat Education and Culture from the European Commission. VJBK from Gent (a long term partner of BvlF)and the University of London commissioned the proposal and included the three European networks: Children in Europe, DECET and ISSA to reach out in 15 countries. Seven countries (Denmark, Fance, Italy, Belgium, Poland, England and the Netherlands ) provides case studies.

The core question of the research was: Which competencies pedagogical workers or people working with children do need to have?

The conclusions of the research were:

  • The positive effects of the pre-school education are greatest among children with a disadvantage
  • Trained professionals and start qualifications of people working with children make a bigger difference than experience
  • Pre-school provisions can be harmful in case it is of bad quality
  • Quality early education is first step towards equity

Over the last three years the Ministry has provided money to improve the quality of pedagogical workers through the provision of short term course that add to the knowledge and skills of the workers. The Core study however indicates that competencies are strongly related to the system.

The afternoon workshops covered more in depth discussions on various aspects related to the message is that the quality of pedagogical workers is a function of the individual competencies in interaction with the system (policy , institute and surrounding).
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