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The role and place of ECEC in integrated working, benefitting vulnerable groups such as Roma

The NESET report examines the added value provided by, and the prerequisites for, integrated working – as well as the crucial role, played by early childhood education and care (ECEC) services – in order to better serve all children and families, but especially the most vulnerable.

Extra attention is devoted to Roma children and their families as one of the most vulnerable groups in Europe, often trapped in a vicious circle of poverty, exclusion, and discrimination.

The report is written for policy makers and professionals working in the field of early childhood education and care. It is guided by the following questions:

  • What services or functions should be involved in integrated working, paying specific attention to the role that ECEC can play?
  • What inspiring examples of integrated working already exist in Europe?
  • What is the added value of integrated working (for children and families, for professionals, for policy makers) in general, and specifically for Roma?
  • What are the prerequisites for integrated working in general, and specifically for integrated working aimed at addressing the needs of Roma?

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