Policy imperative in early childhood education and care

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Significant variations across national contexts in key terminology for this entry necessitate the inclusion of explanatory notes. The age range for early childhood is from birth to 8 years. The term early childhood education and care is used to refer to formal education and care services provided for young children in the years before compulsory schooling and in the early years of school. These services may or may not be part of state education systems. This definition encompasses the range of prior to school education and care services available to children including preschool, kindergarten, nursery school, and child care.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of educational philosophy and theory
EditorsMichael A Peters
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9789812875327
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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