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ERIC Number: EJ833037
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
Between Education and Care? Critical Reflections on Early Childhood Policies in Germany
Leu, Hans Rudolf; Schelle, Regine
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v29 n1 p5-18 Mar 2009
This article identifies the responsibilities for early childhood care and education (ECCE) in the German child and youth welfare system and shows the expansion of children's services. The official German statistics demonstrate that almost every child from the age of three to school age attends "Kindergarten". Current policies and measures are therefore mainly focused on extending provision for the under-threes. There are still enormous differences in the number of places available for children under three years of age between the eastern and western parts of Germany. Due to the increased significance of early education and the educational curricula drafted in all 16 Lander over the past few years, the qualifications required of professional pedagogues today have changed considerably. There is a broad consensus in Germany that it is necessary to redefine the course content and structure and put them on a theoretical basis. The article pinpoints the problems of children with special needs, and especially of those whose family language is not German. Despite some positive developments in German ECCE little progress has been made with regard to effectively implementing the conceptual unity of education, care and upbringing. (Contains 4 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany