Working with Young Children in Europe provides information on the social context of childcare and educational services in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. It documents the major kinds of provision for young children and describes the training of staff working in early childhood services. The book also includes material on provision and staff training for work with school-age children outside schools hours. In addition, cross-national themes and issues on training, provision and policy have been drawn out for comparative analysis.
PART ONE: CHILDCARE AND EDUCATION SERVICES IN EUROPE: A SURVEY OF PROVISION AND STAFF TRAINING
Kindergarten ? Age-integrated centre ? Pre-primary schooling ?
Objectives and features of provision in the 15 European Union countries
Who works with young children ?
Staff training and professional issues
Current trends and policy developments
PART TWO: COUNTRY PROFILES
T THREE: APPENDICES