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Article: Quality matters: Early childhood education policy in Hong Kong

TitleQuality matters: Early childhood education policy in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsEarly childhood policy
Hong Kong
Preschool quality
Issue Date2009
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/03004430.asp
Citation
Early Child Development And Care, 2009, v. 179 n. 3, p. 233-245 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper critically analyses how the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region has tackled the issue of preschool quality over the past 30 years. Although early childhood education is not part of the publicly funded education system, there is almost universal preschool attendance among three to six year olds. The government regulates, monitors and evaluates early childhood services, and has taken numerous steps to improve the quality of early childhood provision. However, a paradox lurks within government policy. On one hand, the facility-focused and provider-focused regulatory standards for the operation of preschools have been faulted for being too lax; but, on the other hand, policies and incentives have clearly improved the quality of preschool education. These include measures to support the upgrading of serving kindergarten teachers and an emphasis on quality assurance. The implementation of enabling policies is essential to ensure that all children have access to high-quality early education and care. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/60074
ISSN
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.405
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dc.contributor.authorLi, Hen_HK
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dc.identifier.citationEarly Child Development And Care, 2009, v. 179 n. 3, p. 233-245en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThis paper critically analyses how the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region has tackled the issue of preschool quality over the past 30 years. Although early childhood education is not part of the publicly funded education system, there is almost universal preschool attendance among three to six year olds. The government regulates, monitors and evaluates early childhood services, and has taken numerous steps to improve the quality of early childhood provision. However, a paradox lurks within government policy. On one hand, the facility-focused and provider-focused regulatory standards for the operation of preschools have been faulted for being too lax; but, on the other hand, policies and incentives have clearly improved the quality of preschool education. These include measures to support the upgrading of serving kindergarten teachers and an emphasis on quality assurance. The implementation of enabling policies is essential to ensure that all children have access to high-quality early education and care. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
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dc.subjectEarly childhood policyen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kongen_HK
dc.subjectPreschool qualityen_HK
dc.titleQuality matters: Early childhood education policy in Hong Kongen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailRao, N: nrao@hku.hken_HK
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