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Seeking the Goals – Defining the Work

Author(s) Graeffe, L.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2010  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship  
Age group -  
During decades one top-question in Finnish early childhood education has been, ’what's the main purpose, who defines it, whose interest it serves?’ Our effective Day Care Act (1973) was clearly built for adults' needs, work and study. Politicians defined which family had need and provided ’solutions’. The National Curriculum Guidelines on Early Childhood Education And Care (2003) In Finland give right for all children under school age (7 years) to receive early childhood education. Families, not, politicians, may make decisions and have associated responsibility. Good cooperation among them, staff and stake holders is a key issue. In my research second year kindergarten teacher students have written their thoughts about goals in early childhood education, concerning roles in child welfare work or educare. They identify concerns they have participating in multi-disciplinary settings and their current and future roles within it. Key words: early childhood education and care, administration

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