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Setting out quality goals and regulations

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Abstract:

Quality‐focused goal setting is one of the key policy levers to encourage quality in ECEC. Research has shown that, when explicitly set, they can help: i) consolidate political will and strategically align resources with prioritised areas; ii) anchor discussions between ministries and improve government leadership in ECEC; iii) promote more consistent, co‐ordinated and child‐centred services with shared social and pedagogical objectives; and iv) provide guidance for providers, direction for practitioners and clarity for parents. Setting out clear regulations is another key policy lever. Research has shown that minimum standards can guarantee the health and safety of children in highquality environments by: i) levelling the playing field to ensure the quality of all providers; ii) ensuring conditions of learning and care through structural indicators that can enhance child development; and iii) communicating with parents about the quality of services and helping them make informed choices.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2011-12-01

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