Early childhood education and care traditions and policy in an expanding Europe

Ondrej Kascak, Anette Boye Koch

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Europe is often characterized as divided in four blocks of countries with their own distinct cultural, historical, political, and economic characteristics. The geopolitical diversity within the EU is also recognized in a wide variety of different traditions for ECEC and upbringing of children. Nowadays, new reforms and policy initiatives are trying to introduce common ECEC quality homogenization. These recent developments might produce tensions, as the ECEC traditions seem to be incompatible with the new reforms to a different extent and might either brake or accelerate the political initiatives. The article search to illuminate how different traditions affect every day ECEC practice with examples from Eastern and Nordic ECEC. The recent development of economized approaches trying to introduce common ECEC quality homogenization are critically discussed with reference to Danish and Slovakian early childhood pedagogies.
Translated title of the contributiondagtilbudspædagogik og -politik i et nyt Europa
Original languageEnglish
JournalEarly Years
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2022


  • learning, educational science and teaching


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