The education and care divide: the role of the early childhood workforce in 15 European countries

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Author: Laere, Katrien van; Peeters, Jan; Vandenbroeck, M.


International reports on early childhood education and care tend to attach increasing importance to workforce profiles. Yet a study of 15 European countries reveals that large numbers of (assistant) staff remain invisible in most international reports. As part of the CoRe project (Competence Requirements in Early Childhood Education and Care) we conducted a cross-national survey among experts in Belgium (Flemish- and French-speaking communities), Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK (England and...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Providers of education and training; Quality; Teaching and learning; Workforce development; Research; Skills and knowledge; Governance

Keywords: Preschool education; Teachers; Institutional role; Research project; Professional development; Competence; Skill needs; Education and training system

Geographic subjects: Europe; Belgium; Croatia; Denmark; France; Greece; Ireland; Italy; Lithuania; Netherlands; Poland; Romania; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Great Britain; England; Wales

Published: Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing, 2012

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Journal volume: 47

Journal number: 4

Journal date: December 2012

Pages: pp. 527-541

Related items: TD/TNC 111.346

ISSN: 0141-8211

Statement of responsibility: Katrien Van Laere, Jan Peeters, Michel Vandenbroeck

Special issue: Early childhood education and care in Europe: re-thinking, re-searching and re-conceptualising policies and practices; More information about the CoRe project may be found at:

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 111.347

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