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Children Under the Age of Three in Norwegian Childcare: Searching for Qualities

  • Ellen OsEmail author
  • Leif Hernes
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Part of the Studies in Childhood and Youth book series (SCY)

Abstract

The research project Searching for Qualities (2012–2018) has studied the quality in Norwegian kindergartens for children under the age of three years. Through a variety of methods, the complex concept of quality is elaborated. The results from the research conducted challenge the reputation of high quality in Nordic kindergartens and offer suggestions for how to enhance multiple qualities in Norwegian kindergartens. The findings indicate a need for greater knowledge about toddlers in kindergartens, and increased competence regarding educational content for toddlers in group settings. Further, structural aspects, such as staff-to-child ratio and group size, seem to affect the quality in toddler care. From a Nordic perspective, future joint research efforts could contribute to the exploration and development of qualities in Nordic kindergartens.

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  1. 1.Department of Early Childhood EducationOslo Metropolitan UniversityOsloNorway

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