Early childhood support -questionnaire

Viitala, Riitta; Heiskanen, Noora; Neitola, Marita; Syrjämäki, Marja; Viljamaa, Elina. (2024). Early childhood support -questionnaire. V. 1.9.2021. University of Jyväskylä. https://doi.org/10.17011/jyx/dataset/93963.

JYU authors
  • Contact person (yes/no)No
  • Contact person (yes/no)Yes

All authorsViitala, Riitta; Heiskanen, Noora; Neitola, Marita; Syrjämäki, Marja; Viljamaa, Elina

Contact informationnoora.heiskanen@uef.fi

FundersMinistry of Education and Culture


Availability and identifiers

AvailabilityAccess request

Publication year2024

URN identifier in original repositoryhttp://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-202403192477

DOI identifier in original repositoryhttps://doi.org/10.17011/jyx/dataset/93963

URN identifier in JYXhttp://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-202403192477

DOI identifier in JYXhttps://doi.org/10.17011/jyx/dataset/93963

Description of the dataset

DescriptionThe support project for early childhood education funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture investigated the realization of the support children receive in Finnish early childhood education. After compiling the previous research data, the material was collected through a nationwide survey of early childhood education organizers and employees. In addition, information was collected through small group discussions and interviews, not only from the aforementioned actors, but also from the children's parents. This research material only contains material compiled with the electronic Webropol survey, which was collected between 21 October and 13 November 2020. Questionnaires were sent to randomly selected municipalities in Finland, to members of the Finnish early childhood education teachers association and to private early childhood education service providers. Data has been anonymized and answers from participants who didn't give consent for further research use have been removed.

The themes of the survey were the conditions for organizing support, multidisciplinary cooperation when implementing support, children who receive the most demanding support in early childhood education, free early childhood education, the work of a special early childhood education teacher, the perceptions of all employee groups about inclusive early childhood education and the organization of support. 750 people working in the field of early childhood education gave consent for their answers to be used for research. Of the respondents, 121 worked in administrative and management positions, 275 as special early childhood education teachers, 147 as early childhood education teachers/social workers, 67 as child or family caregivers, 133 as family daycare nurses and seven as assistants. The research was carried out during the years 2020-2021. The study was carried out by the universities of Jyväskylä, Helsinki, Oulu and Turku.

Questions, variables etc. can be found from the openly available documentation (attached here). Data itself can be requested for research purposes.


Free keywordsforms of support; child development; inclusiveness; support for children's development and learning; support model

Keywords (YSO)early childhood education and carechildren's rightschild's best interest

Fields of science516 Educational sciences

Follow-up groupsSpecial Education (Department of Education KASLA) (Department of Teacher Education OKL) (Teacher Training School NORSSI) ERI

Do you deal with data concerning special categories of personal data in your research?No

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