According to the latest data of Eurydice and Eurostat by 2030 the number of children under 6 will fall by 7,6%. Demographic projections also suggest that the demand for early childhood education and care (ECEC) services will decrease in the future. To follow Europe’s economic and demographic trends ECEC programmes will be needed to cater and adapt to the ever-changing socio-economic environment and address employment, education and care related challenges at the same time.
To provide forward-looking information, understand the main challenges European countries face and what new solutions might be promoted to meet the needs of parents, children and society COFACE has organised a roundtable discussion on Two-generation Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) programmes in cooperation with Eurofound. The overall purpose of the meeting was to discuss the recent policy developments.