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Better Provision for Norway's children in ECEC - BePro


Professor Jacqueline Barnes and Professor Edward Melhuish are collaborators with colleagues at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA), the University of Stavanger (UiS), Vestfold University College (HiVe) and the Dutch Child Research Consortium (NCKO) in a major longitudinal study in Norway.  The Better provision of Norway’s children in early years education and care (ECEC) is the first major study in Norway to focus specifically on the quality and effectiveness of ECEC. The study is intended to explore the characteristics and quality of different kinds of early years provision and the impact various types of settings have on children’s wellbeing, attainment, progress and development.

The focus is on three areas:

  • Knowledge on ECEC quality in Norway
  • Which is the effect of ECEC of varying quality on children’s wellbeing and social, emotional and cognitive development?
  • Develop a research-based tool for the national evaluation of process quality in ECEC

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