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Early childhood education (ECE)

ECE provides learning and educational activities with a holistic approach to support children’s early cognitive, physical, social and emotional development and introduces young children to organized instruction outside of the family context. It aims to develop socioemotional skills necessary for participation in school and society as well as some of the skills needed for academic readiness and to prepare children for entry into primary education. Within the framework of ISCED 2011 it includes early childhood educational development and pre-primary education. The former has educational content designed for younger children (in the age range of 0 to 2 years), whilst the latter is designed for children from age 3 years to the start of primary education. (Source: UIS 2012).

See also ‘ISCED’.

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