ERIC Number: ED346957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Quality in Services for Young Children: A Discussion Paper.
Balageur, Irene; And Others
This document is a combined version of two papers originally presented at a 1990 European seminar on quality in services to young children. The papers, which considered the definition of quality in child services and the topics of quality assurance and monitoring, respectively, were revised in the light of comments made during and after the seminar in order to produce a single discussion document. In its discussion of quality in child services, the document takes into consideration the viewpoints of children, parents, and professionals, and examines quality in child services from a broad and value-based perspective, rather than a perspective that stresses limited and quantitative measures of quality. Criteria for measuring quality in child service programs are organized into 10 areas: (1) accessibility and use; (2) physical environment; (3) learning activities; (4) relationships among children and adults involved in the service program; (5) parents' views; (6) the program's relationship to the community; (7) diversity; (8) assessment of children's progress; (9) costs; and (10) the ethos of the program. Issues relating to quality assurance in child service programs are also organized into 10 areas: policy; legislation and standards; financing; planning and monitoring; advisory and support services; staffing; training; physical resources; research and development; and coordination of services. For each of the areas considered in the document, a series of key questions is provided. (BC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Belgium).