Tools: monitoring ECE quality
Quality is a dynamic concept that changes with time and across contexts.
In 2012, the UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS developed a framework for monitoring the quality of early childhood education (ECE). The aim is to support countries in the region to track and improve the quality of ECE services. This web interface synthesizes the framework and presents a set of tools that can be used to assess and monitor the quality of ECE according to seven components. It offers:
b) guidance on how to use the tools presenting in the framework, and
c) a compendium of tools for monitoring the quality of ECE along with information about each tool and links to those tools available online.
The definition of quality in early childhood education comprises seven fundamental components:
These components were selected because they play vital roles in improving the quality of ECE services in the CEECIS region in an equitable way. They were identified through a desk review that was conducted for the background paper that supports this framework and toolbox.
The seven components above are not exhaustive; the definition of quality can be adapted and the core components can be changed according to local priorities and contexts. Countries, according to their needs, should prioritize specific components, and add or delete less relvant components.
Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education
A framework and toolbox for monitoring and improving quality in early childhood education
Developed in 2012 by the UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS
This publication is intended to be a working document that provides policymakers and other stakeholders in early education with a menu of tools to improve the qualty of ECE services in the CEECIS Region.
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Examining Early Childhood Development in Low-Income Countries
A Toolkit for the Assessment of Children in the First Five Years of Life