Using a newly developed spreadsheet to compare the detailed features of the activities and policies of ECEC in representative European and Asian countries, we have studied the free (of charge) system of ECEC. After reviewing the differences of the free ECEC system in these countries, we analyzed the outstanding issues of free ECEC systems.
One of the challenges in Early Childhood Education and Care (hereinafter, "ECEC") that draws public attention is to ensure the "quality of childcare services." Parental affordability is the critical factor in such a challenge.
On October 1, 2019, the Japanese government introduced the "Free ECEC" system for all preschool children aged 3 to 5. However, this move has revealed several issues.Free ECEC has already been offered or is currently underway in many countries. Therefore, we conducted an international comparative study examining issues arising from free ECEC in each country.
These materials were prepared by expert groups from each country/region and summarized and finalized by CRN. In this presentation, we used these materials to compare and analyze international issues focusing on the theme of "Free ECEC around the World."
Presented at the 74th OMEP World Assembly and Conference held in Athens, Greece, July 12-15, 2022.
*Please see here to read the full text of "Early Childhood Education and Care around the World at a Glance -ECEC Matrix 2020 of Various Countries and Regions-"