|To better grasp the situation of ECEC around the world, it is essential to understand the circumstances in each country. In this section, we introduce basic information ranging from population size and educational investment in the country to educational systems, mainly focusing on the preschool phase. It is our humble hope that this information will be of some use to our readers who are interested in ECEC around the world.|
1. Capital: Amsterdam
2. Population: 16 844 000 (2015)
3. Official/National Language(s): Dutch
4. Currency: Euro (EUR)
5. System of Education and Childcare
- Education system: Pre-primary (ages 2-3), primary (ages 4-11), secondary (age 12-), tertiary (ages 17/18-)
- Regulating authority: Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (responsible for childcare)
- Compulsory education: Ages 5-16
- Most children start their schooling at age 4. Also, all young people under age 18 are required to continue schooling until they attain a basic qualification.
- 3 year old: 83% (2012)
- 4 year old: 100% (2012)
- 5 year old: 100% (2012)
- 6 year old: 100% (2012)
- Pre-primary: 0.4% (2011)
- Primary, secondary, and post-secondary non-tertiary: 3.8% (2011)
- All levels of education combined: 5.9% (2011)
- Primary: 23 (2012)
- Pre-primary: 16 (2012)
- Primary: 16 (2012)
- PISA 2012: Math-10, Reading-15, Science-14
- TIMSS 2011 (4th grade): Math-12, Science-14
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/eag-2014-en. Table C2.1 Enrolment rates in early childhood and primary education, by age (2005, 2012). http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/888933118333.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/eag-2014-en. Table B4.1. Total public expenditure on education (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/888933117573.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/eag-2014-en. Table D2.1. Average class size, by type of institution and level of education (2012). http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/888933119682.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/eag-2014-en. Table D2.2. Ratio of students to teaching staff in educational institutions (2012). http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/888933119682.
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- Martin, M.O., Mullis, I.V.S., Foy, P., & Stanco, G.M. (2012). The TIMSS 2011 International Results in Science. Chestnut Hill, MA: TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center, Boston College. http://timss.bc.edu/timss2011/downloads/T11_IR_S_Chapter1.pdf, p.38.