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Skolverket. Swedish National Agency for Education
Skolverket is the central administrative authority for the Swedish public school system including the preschool and school-age child care systems. Skolverket ensures that national targets for child care and the school system are achieved through development, research and evaluation. Skolverket's extensive English language website provides a wealth of information on the Swedish ECEC system.

Other selected research, overviews and media

International and comparative research

Issues in education for children three to eight in six countries
by Richard M. Clifford & Gisele M.Crawford
Source: FPG Child Development Institute, 2009
Report in pdf (8 pp.)

Promoting children's welfare in the Nordic countries
by Hiilamo, Heikki
Source: Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Government of Finland
Report in pdf (88pp.)

Reports from the OECD Thematic Review of ECEC

Early childhood education and care country profiles - Sweden
Source: OECD, 2006
Profile from Starting Strong II in pdf (7 pp.)

Curricula and pedagogies in early childhood education and care
Source: OECD, 2004
Full report in pdf (34pp.)

Early childhood education and care in Sweden
by Barbara Martin Korpi
Source: OECD, 2000
Conference paper in pdf (9pp.)

Documents from the Swedish government

Overviews and fact sheets

An overview of the Swedish education system
Source: Skolverket: Swedish National Agency for Education, 2009
Interactive diagram (Flash required)

From preschool pedagogy to nanotechnology: Education and research in Sweden
Source: Government Offices of Sweden, 2009
Document in pdf (28 pp.)

How France is providing child care to a nation

Lawson, Carol
Publication Date: 
11 Nov 2009
Entered Date: 
11 Nov 2009

Strike a deal for Quebec child care, too

Dallaire, Jody
Publication Date: 
6 Nov 2009
Entered Date: 
18 Nov 2009

Concert carries message

Ketonen, Kris
Publication Date: 
2 Nov 2009
Entered Date: 
4 Nov 2009

Early childhood education and care in Sweden

In Sweden, all children are considered to be entitled to a child care place. For over three decades, child care has been an integral part of the Swedish welfare state and of most families' everyday lives. In 1998 the government moved responsibility for child care from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs to the Ministry of Education and Research as part of an effort to reform and expand early childhood education and care. The Curriculum for Preschool was released in August of that year and preschool became "the first step in the education system for children".

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