Privatisation in early childhood education - An explorative study on impacts and implications

Mathias Urban and Clara Inés Rubiano

published 16 October 2014 updated 6 January 2022
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This explorative study reveals a global trend towards increasing privatisation in Early Childhood Education (ECE), threatening to overshadow public ECE. Based on a qualitative inquiry targeting ECE practitioners and union representatives in 14 countries, it gathers practice-based evidence of the impact of privatisation in ECE on a variety of aspects such as access to ECE, quality of education, equity and conditions of service for teaching and support staff.

The outcomes of the research and the recommendations formulated by the authors can pave the way for EI, its affiliates and partners’ advocacy for public provision of ECE and the need to regulate the private ECE sector.