In order to ensure access of children to quality pre-school education, the Government plans to expand the network not only of public institutions but also of private ones. This step, in particular, is captured in the draft concept of the public policy on achieving goal 1.1. "Every child has access to quality pre-school education" of the Government’s Action Programme.
"We need to solve three burning issues in order to ensure high-quality education for Ukrainian kids. The issues at stake are to eliminate queues to kindergartens, to open private educational institutions and to ensure barrier-free and inclusive access," Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk stressed.
As of September 1, 2019, the queue for kindergartens was more than 30,000 children. In order to change the situation, it is proposed to expand the network of private preschool education establishments, in addition to opening new kindergartens and groups in public institutions. At present, the task is to liberalize the requirements for the opening and of private preschool institutions and the establishment of preferential rent for premises.
There is a need to upgrade the educational environment, which should be inclusive, comfortable and safe, with barrier-free access.
Considerable attention is paid to the quality of education. The basic component of preschool education, methodological recommendations for the organization of the educational process will be updated. The concept of development of preschool education, the bill "On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine On Preschool Education", the new regulation on the preschool educational establishments are also elaborated and approved.
During 2020-2021, the Government will carry out an institutional audit. The quality of pre-school education will be assessed using ECERS instrument (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale)
Starting from 2021, at least 10% of pre-school teachers will undergo professional training in line with new programmes.
At the same time, the Government is sparing no effort to raise the social status of teachers, in particular by raising wages. The motivational package also includes increase of annual vacation and financial assistance to university graduates who will ink an employment agreements.
As a reminder, the Government’s Action Programme was approved in September. The document identifies key areas of work of ministries. Now these areas are specified - for each of these 78 goals, a concept and indicators are published to assess their performance.
The Government makes its work even more transparent - the document is opened for discussion before its approval. Anyone interested in each of the concepts can give feedback.