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ERIC Number: ED353063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Pages: 13
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What Do Parents in Belgium and Britain Want Their Children To Learn in the Early Years?
David, Tricia
For this paper on parental attitudes towards preschools in Belgium and Britain, information was gathered by means of individual and group interviews. It was found that parents in Belgium sent their children to preschool programs so that they could learn to become more independent and socially adept. Most Belgian children over age 2 attend these state-funded programs full-time. Belgian parents listed smaller classes and more physical education and music as desirable improvements. In Britain, where full-time, state-supported preschool education is not universally available, parents were more critical of the system. British parents wanted some provision for free or low-cost preschools for children under 3 years old, and more full-time programs and more access to state-supported preschools in general. Parents in Britain also wanted their children to spend more time on organized work, such as reading and writing, to prepare them for school. The continuing recession in Britain, and the educational policies of the Conservative government, seem to have British parents more concerned than Belgian parents about their children's success in school. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium; United Kingdom (Great Britain)