EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
Patricia P. Olmsted
In some countries, systematic early childhood education has been in existence for thousands of years, while in others, the idea of educating preschool-aged children is relatively new.1 In some countries, early childhood programmes serve children 3 to 6 years old, and in others, they serve a much narrower age-range (e.g. only 5 year olds). In some countries, early childhood education is available for nearly all preschool-aged children, while in others, it is available to very few or none at all. Some countries' early childhood education programmes have developed because of a belief that early education is important, while other countries' programmes have developed to ...