public management

Useful websites

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.

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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.)

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Early childhood education and care in Sweden

May 24, 2011

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".