Research and analysis

A comparison of international childcare systems

Report looking at comparative international data to identify patterns between different preschool approaches and later educational outcomes.


A comparison of international childcare systems


The effect of early education as a strategy in enhancing children’s educational outcomes and countering socio-economic disadvantage has been well documented. Recent evidence reveals that the potential of the system to make a difference to children’s lives is fundamentally affected by certain important systemic and structural aspects of early education provision. Yet, at present the way that these structural elements effect the longer term educational achievement of children is not well understood.

This paper examines how 15 OECD countries plus the UK have responded to the challenge of implementing a set of structural mechanisms within their early education systems and how far these can be seen to be related to enhanced educational attainment for children.

Published 16 July 2013