Title Early Years curricula in Europe
Project Number D/2005/PL/4304000129
Project Type Mobility - initial vocational training IVT
Individual Participation Not possible
The state of curriculum development in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) is different in each country. Malta and G...
The state of curriculum development in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) is different in each country. Malta and Germany work from a framework of curricula, which holistically defines the goals, concepts and educational areas.
Spain is the only country in Europe which includes the whole age range from zero to six in the first phase of the education system according to the 1990 education law. Their pedagogical aims are ori-ented towards a holistic concept of social, emotional and cognitive development.
Poland has gone away from a centralized educational plan with political directives and detailed in-structions of methods and over to a system of eight curricula for the kindergartens to choose freely among. In this they have the option to develop their own concepts.
Sweden introduced a national plan for the curriculum in 1998. A kind of framework which sets values and goals for their work – a model of diversity in which the development and learning of the individual child is central.
The goals are designed with qualitative ideas in mind more than a desire for quantitative results, and with these are well in line with OECD recommendations.