The Great Start in Life conference took place on 30 November and 1 December, aiming to bring researchers, policymakers, early childhood education and care and primary school staff together to discuss how to create the conditions for the best possible education in the early years. The conference was co-organised by the Directorate General for Education and Culture, Unit B2 (Schools and Educators; Multilingualism) and the Directorate General for Research and Innovation, Unit B6 (Open and Inclusive Societies). Ages 0-12 and the transitions between home, childcare and school were covered. Particular focus was placed on how to combat inequalities and include vulnerable groups. Workshops focused on various themes including access and inclusion; ECEC and primary school professionals; governance and funding; monitoring and evaluation; and Curriculum and pedagogies.
For COFACE Families Europe, it is very important to provide all children with access to a variety of available, affordable and high-quality childcare services in the communities, including early childhood care and education, emergency childcare, drop-in part-time babysitting services, care services for sick children, multi-purpose childcare facilities, out-of hour’s and out-of school childcare, and employer supported childcare etc. Such services along with a higher level of social protection can reduce the risk of poverty of children and their families.
More here about the conference.