For Our Children Foundation and Institute for sustainable development of the law Foundation have launched a study of the practice and normative basis to promote early childhood education and care in Bulgaria. The study is part of a project, implemented in the partnership of the organizations, which aims to optimize national policies for early childhood development and to focus the attention on issues, related to the quality of education and childcare services, as well as the approaches to their solution.
The two organizations will conduct an analysis of the legal framework for early child development in the country and its compliance with the standards in the European Union. Under specifically developed mechanism, tools and methodology for civil control over state and local activities and policies, a research will be carried out in 20 kindergartens in 5 settlements, which is going to determine whether their practices are in line with the existing regulatory framework and recommended practices at European level, and whether there is a need for change.
Based on the studies, the organizations will prepare an assessment of the legislation and will give proposals to change the regulatory framework and guidelines for quality improvement. These proposals will also be presented during a workshop-seminar with officials from the state and municipal administration, during which the participants will have the opportunity to discuss the suggestions and upgrade their qualification.
The analyzes, assessments and the results of the researches, through the developed monitoring tools, will be discussed at a roundtable in the beginning of 2020 with the participation of representatives of the non-governmental sector, business, other representatives of the society and state and local administration.
For Our Children Foundation and Institute for sustainable development of the law Foundation have a lot of experience both in research projects and in advocacy in the field of early childhood development.
The project “The Practice and the Legislative Base for Early Childhood Development” in the Republic of Bulgaria in the context of “European Union Council Recommendation on high-quality early childhood education and care systems” is funded under the operational program “Good Governance”.