APPLYING THE COMPETENCY APPROACH TO QUALITY MANAGEMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE
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Early childhood education and care is a policy that aims to improve access to education and ensure the well-being of children by creating an environment for learning, nurturing, socialization, support and cooperation. In this process, the formation of key competences in children, not only academic, but also personal and social, has an essential role, in order to prepare them for life in modern society, in which they can realize themselves successfully. The article examines basic competencies of children and those working with them in the context of quality assurance of early childhood education and care. Interrelationships are made between the application of the competence approach and the improvement of quality. A focused study of parents is presented regarding their satisfaction with the provided educational, health and social services, the importance of key competences for the development of children and the support they provide through cooperation with specialists for high quality services. The findings of the study show a good degree of satisfaction, but insufficient participation of families in the general care for the education, upbringing and socialization of children. Parents attach more importance to the personal qualities that children acquire and develop in kindergarten, compared to academic knowledge.
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