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ERIC Number: ED573254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 43
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 111
ISBN: 978-1-74249-818-8
Literature Review of the Impact of Early Childhood Education and Care on Learning and Development. Working Paper. Cat. No. CWS 53
Watters, Alison
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
During the past three decades, extensive literature has accumulated on the early years of life for children. Research findings unequivocally agree that these years are a critical period of intense learning for children which provides the foundation for later academic and social success. This review explores the literature on the complex relationship between developmental outcomes and attendance at early childhood education and care programs. The article reviews Australian and international literature to evaluate the impact of both the quality and quantity of early childhood education and care (ECEC), the impact for different age groups, and which groups of children benefit most. The Australian early childhood education and care policy context is also described. [Additional funding for this report was provided by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian Government Department of Education and Training
Authoring Institution: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Identifiers - Location: Australia