Evaluating quality in early childhood education and care: Objectives and principles
The first report by the European Working Group on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC WG) looks at the purposes, values, and principles that should guide decision-makers when setting up an M&E system.
First, the ECEC WG identified the three main purposes of a monitoring and evaluation system, which must be balanced.
It also argues that the values of ECEC, outlined in the European Quality Framework, should underpin monitoring and evaluation activities.
These values should then inform the basic principles of monitoring and evaluation activities.
Finally, the ECEC WG identified several challenges, e.g., M&E fatigue, lack of time among ECEC staff, and too much focus on quality control rather than quality improvement. The report also considers the pros and cons of publishing M&E results and suggests some ideas on how to avoid these pitfalls.
The ECEC WG is now focusing on the cooperation between the different levels of governance and actors involved in M&E processes and plans to publish its next report in spring 2023.
Education type:Early Childhood Education and Care
Target audience:Government / policy makerHead Teacher / PrincipalStudent TeacherTeacherTeacher Educator
Target audience ISCED:Early childhood education (ISCED 0)