EU Commission publishes report on managing the impact of COVID on the ECEC sector

EU Commission publishes report on managing the impact of COVID on the ECEC sector

by Freya Lucas

November 01, 2021

The European Commission has published a report looking into understanding and managing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the early childhood education and care sector.

 

Identifying the impact of the pandemic on very young children and their families, and on early childhood education and care services and professionals, the report brings together information on the challenges faced, and the solutions found, offering recommendations to keep supporting the growth and quality of the early childhood education and care sector, also in difficult times. 

 

“Early childhood education and care is the essential first step of the lifelong learning ladder for all children. Experts and professionals around the world, including in Europe, have been raising awareness of the need to better integrate the early childhood education and care sector into all local, national and European management and recovery decisions, during and after the pandemic,” Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said.

 

“I hope this report helps to understand how the early childhood education and care sector was managed during the pandemic, so we can move forward together, and learn from it.” 

 

The report shows that early childhood education and care was often reduced to its childcare function to support parents, while its education and inclusive aspects, such as early language acquisition, social skills and access to subsidised meals were overlooked. 

 

To learn from this period, the report provides an overview of recommendations regarding the governance and funding of the sector, to the recognition and training of the staff, and the importance of always taking into consideration children’s learning and well-being. The report is available online here.

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