By exploring the key issues, arguments and messages that exist in the field, Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Early Childhood provides an international, comparative look at aspects of early childhood education and care. Pedagogical practices, learning cultures and the professional development of practitioners are considered within the wider political agenda of different countries. Pertinent policy and practice issues, such as numeracy and literacy, are carefully examined. Theodora Papatheodorou and Janet Moyles highlight how important it is to engage with and listen to children, to provide positive learning encounters.

Transition to Preschool Education in Greece: Attitudes of Parents and Educators

Transition to preschool education in Greece: Attitudes of parents and educators
AnastasiaPapaprokopiou and AthinaKammenou

Overview

From its establishment until now, Greek social policy has been differentiating the needs of children in education and care/welfare. This policy has led to two different types of institutions for early years provision: kindergarten and daycare centres, respectively. Even though in many European countries education and care have been integrated to establish a framework for integrated services, in Greece the two types of provision continue to co-exist and operate under different operational frameworks which inform practice. The induction of young children into daycare, the focus of this chapter, is one of the issues guided by the requirements of the relevant policy frameworks. ...

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