An introduction to early childhood education in China: A consideration of quality


  • Dan Wan


Research has shown that there are strong relationships between quality in early childhood and children’s outcomes (Howes, et al. 2008). It is argued that preschool quality covers structural quality and process quality, therefore, this paper introduces preschool quality in China within this framework. Structural quality involves class size, child-staff ratio, teacher qualification, amount of space per child, resources, daily routine, and layout of play centre, while process quality is presented by illustrating two specific preschool programs. Description and consideration of preschool quality in China can help broaden early childhood educators’ horizons and inspire them to reflect on their educational practice.