D4 Published development or research report or study
Guidelines and recommendations for evaluating the quality of early childhood education and care (2019)
Varhaiskasvatuksen laadun arvioinnin perusteet ja suositukset


Vlasov, J., Salminen, J., Repo, L., Karila, K., Kinnunen, S., Mattila, V., Nukarinen, T., Parrila, S., & Sulonen, H. (2019). Guidelines and recommendations for evaluating the quality of early childhood education and care. Kansallinen koulutuksen arviointikeskus. Julkaisut / Kansallinen koulutuksen arviointikeskus, 5:2019. https://karvi.fi/app/uploads/2019/03/FINEEC_Guidelines-and-recommendations_web.pdf


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Publication details

All authors or editors: Vlasov, Janniina; Salminen, Jenni; Repo, Laura; Karila, Kirsti; Kinnunen, Susanna; Mattila, Virpi; Nukarinen, Thomas; Parrila, Sanna; Sulonen, Hanna

ISBN: 978-952-206-485-1

eISBN: 978-952-206-486-8

Journal or series: Julkaisut / Kansallinen koulutuksen arviointikeskus

ISSN: 2342-4176

eISSN: 2342-4184

Publication year: 2019

Number in series: 5:2019

Number of pages in the book: 91

Publisher: Kansallinen koulutuksen arviointikeskus

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: English

Persistent website address: https://karvi.fi/app/uploads/2019/03/FINEEC_Guidelines-and-recommendations_web.pdf

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel


Abstract

The document ‘Guidelines and recommendations for evaluating the quality of early childhood education and care’ was produced as part of the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre FINEEC’s task of developing the evaluation of ECEC. It lays the foundation for the evaluation of the structure and content of ECEC both at the national and the local level. The purpose of this document is to support ECEC organisers and private service providers in carrying out systematic and goal-oriented self-evaluation associated with quality management and to provide tools for evaluating the structure and content of early childhood education and care. The document contains a review of research on the constituting elements of quality in early childhood education and care and presents indicators for the quality of early childhood education and care in Finland created on the basis of this research.
The Introduction to the document discusses the general principles of evaluating early childhood education and care and defines the responsibilities for evaluation at different levels. Chapter 2 explains in concrete terms what systematic evaluation means in the specific context of early childhood education and care and describes the principles of enhancement-led evaluation. Chapter 3 presents a model for the evaluation and development of quality created through an expert body’s work process and provides a review of research on what quality in early childhood education consists of in the Finnish context. In this model, quality is seen as being composed of structural and process-related factors, which should be realised at the national, local and pedagogical activity level in order to deliver early childhood education and care with impact. The structural factors of quality are factors related to the organisation of early childhood education and care. As they are defined and governed by acts, decrees and other national documents, they are relatively permanent. Process-related factors refer to the core functions of early childhood pedagogy and a unit’s pedagogical operating culture, both of which are directly linked to the child’s experiences. The process-related factors of quality describe how the objectives set and the content determined for early childhood education and care are implemented in practice.
To conclude, the document presents quality indicators for early childhood education and care based on a division into structural and process-related factors of quality. The national quality indicators prepared for early childhood education and care create a framework of aspects on which evaluation should be focused to ensure high quality in early childhood education and care. Rather than constituting an assessment tool in themselves, the indicators serve as an evidence-based foundation for elements of quality at the national, local and pedagogical activity level. Early childhood education and care organisers and private service providers should use these indicators to draw up more detailed criteria through which their activities can be evaluated. At a later stage, the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre will provide tools for operationalising the indicators into a form that can be used in evaluations.


Keywords: early childhood education and care; quality assessment; quality management; quality work


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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2019


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