This report is part of the three-year Inclusive Early Childhood Education (IECE) project running from 2015 to 2017. The IECE project aims to identify, analyse and subsequently promote the main characteristics of quality inclusive pre-primary education for all children from three years of age to the start of primary education.
The report presents the findings of the qualitative thematic analysis of 32 example descriptions of Inclusive Early Childhood Education (IECE) across Europe that were submitted to the Agency’s IECE project in 2015. The analysis identified 25 subthemes on quality IECE that were presented within a new model – The Ecosystem model for IECE. This new model was inspired by a combination of two major perspectives on quality Early Childhood Education, namely the outcome–process–structure model together with the ecological system model. The Ecosystem model, grounded in the example descriptions by practitioners and their advisors on IECE, is expected to promote a deeper and wider understanding of the issues related to IECE, and is expected to contribute towards the enhancement of research, policy and practice of IECE in Europe and internationally.
For more information on IECE, visit the project web area.