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Understanding the Swedish early childhood context by Susanne Garvis

Date Thu 16 Mar 2017
Time 6:00 PM
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Format Webinar
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Webinar
16 March 6pm

Understanding the Swedish early childhood context

Professor Susanne Garvis, University of Gothenburg Sweden

This presentation provides an insight into the Swedish early childhood education and care context. Concepts of curriculum, documentation, quality work and health and wellbeing will be explored. In Sweden children can enter preschool from 1 year of age until 5 years of age. Children at age 6 attend a preschool class, before starting formal schooling at age 7. Sweden has been a key factor in the development of society with around 96% of 3.5 year olds attending. Swedish preschools rank highly in international comparisons, although many of these measures are generally about what society does for children. Indicators that are compared are parental insurance, accessible places for all children, funding support from the government, subsidized fees for parents, training of staff and amount of GDP spent on childcare. The presentation will also show current findings from recent Nordic studies.

Age range taught: Birth -Year Three | Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: 1,2,3,4 | National Quality Standards-QA: 1,2,3,5

Susanne Garvis is a professor of child and youth studies (early childhood) at the University of Gothenburg. She has previously worked in Australian higher education before moving to Sweden. Susanne has written numerous articles on quality, policy and learning in early childhood and currently leads a Nordic Research Network for early childhood. She is involved with various professional organizations and research academies across Europe and Australia. Her recent research has been around quality measures in early childhood education.

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