Norwegian version

Better Provision for Norway's Children in ECEC

Better provision of Norway’s Children in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) was the first major study in Norway to focus specifically on the quality and effectiveness of ECEC.

The study was intended to explore the characteristics and quality of different kinds of early years provision and the impact various types of settings have on children’s wellbeing, attainment, progress and development. 

The project was based on The Ministry of Education and Research’s demand to develop research-based knowledge on Norwegian Early Childhood Education and Care where enrollment starts at an early age and children can have long days in the institutions. The Ministry aims at understanding the relations between educational and psychological processes and structural variables, with a focus on the staff-child and child-child relations, both for mainstream and marginalized children. 

The project had the ambition to focus on three fields: 

Research questions 

What are the relations between structure and organization, pedagogical processes, wellbeing and children’s development and 
learning? How can quality be considered in an appropriate and practically relevant way? 

The aim of the study was to explore: 

Relevance to society 

Research stresses the importance of good quality of day-care for children’s wellbeing and development. Our project will contribute to enhance the quality in Norwegian day-care centres so we can give all children maximal conditions for learning and development. The project also aims to give the practitioners self-evaluating monitors to maintain a high level of quality in everyday life in daycare centres, based on structural, process and content quality.


The project was a national and international collaboration project with researchers from different research institutions: