Internationally policy-makers are looking at the role that quality ECEC services can have in supporting social and economic policy agendas, In particular, a number of countries (including England and Hong Kong) have recognized the role that ECEC can play in developing the human capital of a country. Building on evidence that ECEC can enhance children’s social and cognitive development, both England and Hong Kong are now investing in the provision of services. However, both countries are reliant on a mixed economy of provision to fulfil policy objectives. The result is that those leading ECEC are expected to respond both to the quality criteria of policy-makers and consumers raising questions about how best to achieve this. Copyright © 2013 Jan Georgeson and Jane Payler.
|Title of host publication||International perspectives on early childhood education and care|
|Editors||Jan GEORGESON, Jane PAYLER|
|Place of Publication||Maidenhead|
|Publisher||Open University Press|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|