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Toddlers in nordic early childhood education and care

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  • Ole Henrik Hansen, Danmark
  • Anne Greve, Norge
Nordic countries were among the rst to introduce parental leave, including a period earmarked for fathers, and have high childcare coverage, also among 6hildren under 3 years of age. While many countries distinguish between childcare (for children aged 0–2) and pre-school (3–6), the so-called Nordic model represents a uni ed system of early childhood education and care (ECEC). This chapter underlines the distinctive shared characteristics of the Nordic approach to play and learning, and care and education, where participation, democracy, respect for other cultures and religions and the possibility of achieving a healthy and stimulating childhood comprise the key elements. Furthermore, the chapter demonstrates some of the challenges when attempting to ensure quality childcare and education. The Nordic pedagogic tradition is seen as re ecting both social development and the culture and character of the Nordic people. Here, there is a strong foundation in an ideal of freedom, democracy, equality, in uence and sustainability, but also a focus on education that emphasises the toddler as a learning being. However, toddlers in ECEC represent an area in need of more attention and new research.
TitelInternational handbook of early childhood education
RedaktørerMarilyn Fleer, Bert van Oers
Antal sider23
Udgivelsesårfeb. 2018
ISBN (trykt)978-94-024-0925-3
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-94-024-0927-7
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2018
SerietitelSpringer International Handbooks of Education Series


  • Dagtilbud, Early childhood

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