The extent and variety of childcare provision varies greatly across the EU Member States in regard to quality and facilities. The following studies examine the current situation, trends and future directions of childcare in Europe.
This policy brief provides an overview of existing evidence on effective diagnosis and early intervention for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) in Europe. It also details progress towards inclusive education, and efforts to support parents of children with SEN and the wider family unit.
This report explores conceptualisations of ‘competence’ and professionalism in early childhood practice and identified systemic conditions for developing, supporting and maintaining competence in all layers of the early childhood system. The study was commissioned by the European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture and project jointly conducted by the University of East London and the University of Ghent.
This report is a summary of presentations and discussions that took place on 30 June 2011 during the best practice workshop on child well-being and the quality of childcare. The event, organised within the framework of the European Alliance for Families, looked at the definition and assessment of childcare quality and presented Dutch, Danish, French and Slovakian experiences in the field.
The study provides an analysis of the quantitative and qualitative provision of childcare services for 27 EU Member States and three European Economic Area (EEA) countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It discusses the extent to which the demand for childcare is covered, the importance attached to childcare services within the national context, and the policies developed at the national level to improve the provision of childcare facilities.
This study, sponsored by the European Commission, investigates the socio-economic impact of family care-giving. It was written by a team of researchers from the University of York (England) and Expertise Centre on Long-Term Care "Vilans" (the Netherlands). The full report and a policy briefing can be downloaded from this site. For more information about provision of care in Europe please visit the Eurocarers website.
The Barcelona objective are targets set for formal child provision across the EU by 2010 at the 2002 European Council conclusions. The 2013 report from the European Commission provides the latest information on rates for children attending formal child care in 27 EU Member States.
IRISS, in partnership with WithScotland (formally MARS and SCCPN), has compiled a series of recordings of academics speaking about their projects, major findings, and the implications for policy and practice. The recordings cover a variety of topics, including the experience of parental alcohol problems, young people’s views on violence against women, the rights of children of prisoners in Scotland, and children and young people’s mental health indicators. The series is designed to improve access to and awareness of research findings and debate.