(10 June 2022) This week, the EPSU Childcare Network met to discuss monitoring and evaluation of early childhood education and care, the capacity of ECEC systems to welcome Ukrainian children and ECEC staff, and child : staff ratios.
Viktoria Szucs, one of EPSUs two representatives in the European Commission DG EAC Working Group on ECEC, presented what the working group is doing on monitoring and evaluation of quality in ECEC. One of the main aims of the group is to support member states to implement the Council Recommendation for High-Quality Early Childhood Education and Care Systems, and its main component, the European quality framework for ECEC. In her presentation, Viktoria stressed the importance of monitoring and evaluation to improve quality.
Viktoria also presented the work of the WG ECEC to help support member states accommodate Ukrainian children, as well as Ukrainian ECEC staff. After her presentation, participants discussed some of the challenges that ECEC systems must overcome, such as language barriers, lack of available spaces, and ways to enable Ukrainian ECEC staff to work.
The final agenda item that was discussed was child : staff ratios. First, we presented a summary of a 2019 Eurydice report that gives a comparative overview of the situation across the EU. It was then interesting to hear the participants perspectives on how ratios are regulated, and what the ratios should be.