Provision of research services for Assessing Childcare in Europe
The project took a form of systematic literature review covering 28 EU Member states.
The overarching review question answered through the analysis of the studies included in the review was the following:
‘what is the impact of ECEC continuing professional development opportunities and working conditions on the outcomes for children and on the relationships between staff and children?’
The aim was to explore links between continuing professional development, working conditions, staff-child interactions (process quality) and children´s outcomes and experiences.
Specificly this project aimed to:
- Document what constitutes more effective ECEC services and how investing in ECEC workforce contributes towards improving quality;
- Provide evidence on which features of staff working conditions and CPD have a positive impact on pedagogical quality, with a specific focus on children’s outcomes and learning/socializing experiences;
- Draw policy lessons from the evidence gathered.
The review addressed the following questions:
- Which features of CPD affect children (their outcomes/wellbeing)? Which forms are the most effective?
- Which features of working conditions affect children (their outcomes/wellbeing)? Which forms are the most effective?
These were achieved by conducting:
- a synthesis of quantitative data on the impact of ECEC continuing professional development on outcomes for children;
- a synthesis of qualitative data describing ECEC staff views and experiences of continuing professional development and working conditions;
- a cross-studies synthesis of the quantitative and qualitative data to assess the findings of the reviews in relation to one another.