Policy of quality assurance in Hong Kong preschools

Choi Wa Dora HO

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This article discusses the sources, processes and impact of the quality assurance policy implemented in Hong Kong preschools. Regarded as a sort of policy alignment between the subsystems of pre‐primary, primary and secondary education, the introduction of a quality assurance policy has been directly and indirectly transforming the settlements in the preschool context. The first section of this article examines the main shift in policy direction shaped by the global movement of supranational organizations and the local agenda of educational reform after 1997. The historical review of the changing parameters in the preschool field is provided in the second section as a backdrop for later discussion. The third section analyses how the local governance of education is subtly transforming the settlements in the preschool field. The fourth section discusses how the quality assurance policy is mediated with school‐level realities. It is argued that the top‐down approach adopted by policy‐makers should be critically re‐examined in the policy process in order to ensure the quality of preschool education. Copyright © 2007 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-505
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007


Ho, C.-W. D. (2007). Policy of quality assurance in Hong Kong preschools. Early Child Development and Care, 177(5), 493-505. doi: 10.1080/03004430600563836


  • Early childhood education
  • Education reform
  • Hong Kong
  • Performance indicators
  • Quality assurance
  • Settlement


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