Like any other children, Roma children have the right to education. They are all born with talents and potential, just like other children, and are capable of succeeding and contributing to society – if they are accepted by the majority and educated in inclusive early childhood services and schools. However, many Roma children in Europe continue to face discrimination, segregation and exclusion from quality early childhood care and education (ECCE).
Inclusion from the start – Guidelines on inclusive early childhood care and education for Roma children envisions ECCE as an important stepping stone toward inclusive participation in school and society. By fostering good health, well-being, school readiness and the value of equality and living together in the early years, society can help Roma children get a good start in primary school.
These guidelines provide guidance on key themes in ECCE – such as the conceptualisation of ECCE services, agenda setting, curricular and pedagogical approaches, staff training and professional development, assessment and transition to primary education – and highlight examples of good practice. It is hoped that they will support the work of policy makers, early childhood educators and their trainers, Roma organisations, NGOs and international organisations and contribute to making a real change in the lives of young Roma children.