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Characteristics of the centres in the EPPE sample : observational profiles.

Sylva, K. and Siraj-Blatchford, I. and Melhuish, E. and Sammons, P. and Taggart, B. and Evans, E. and Dobson, A. and Jeavons, M. and Lewis, K. and Morahan, M. and Sadler, S. (1999) 'Characteristics of the centres in the EPPE sample : observational profiles.', Technical Report. DfEE ; Institute of Education, University of London, London.


The EPPE project investigates the characteristics of early childhood education and care through a variety of research methods; this paper reports on just two instruments. This paper describes the characteristics of the 141 centres attended by 3 and 4 year-old children in the EPPE sample. A ‘centre profile’ was created for each centre through systematic observation and questions to staff. The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale: Revised (ECERS-R) was used in drawing up each centre’s profile along with an extension to it the ECERS - Extension (based on the Desirable Learning Outcomes). The ECERS-R rating scale consisted of seven sub-scales which provide an overview of the pre-school environment, covering aspects of the setting from furnishings to individuality of care and the quality of social interactions (described more fully later). The ECERS-E describes the curriculum within the pre-school, including areas such as maths and literacy. Each sub-scale is comprised of a range of items describing ‘quality’ of the specific type of provision. Each item was rated 1 (inadequate) to 7 (excellent). The ECERS-R and ECERS-E are one approach to describing the ‘processes’ through which children are cared for and educated.

Item Type:Monograph (Technical Report)
Additional Information:The Effective Provision of Pre-School Education (EPPE) Project ; technical paper 6. ISBN : 0854735968.
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Record Created:28 Jun 2010 15:35
Last Modified:28 Jan 2016 15:38

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