Palgo Journal of Education Research

Vol. 5(4) pp. 292-297, December, 2017

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REVIEW

Adding Value to Early Childhood
CRITICAL FACTORS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: POLICY AND PRACTICE

Michael M. Mabenga and Daniel L. Mpolomoka*

Zambian Open University in the Departments of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Special Education and Adult Education.

Corresponding Authors Email: daniel.mpolomoka@zaou.ac.zm

Accepted 26 November 2017

Abstract

This conceptual paper discusses critical factors in early childhood education. What are herein referred to as critical factors are multidisciplinary in nature. Thus a generic definition does not exist. The paper has endeavoured to provide a framework in which to understand and educate ourselves (practitioners & policy makers) in early education. It further proposes practices which should be used to improve young children’s capacity to develop and learn at their own pace.The paper further provides philosophical and theoretical underpinnings, significance/relevance to the theme, policy on ECE in Zambia, the array of critical factors, practitioners’ perspectives, proposes the way forward, concludes and gives recommendations.

Keywords: Policy, Early Childhood, Education, Child Development

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