Stakeholders’ opinions of quality in Norwegian kindergartens
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Original versionWolf KD. Stakeholders’ opinions of quality in Norwegian kindergartens. Early years. 2018 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2018.1547686
The theme for this article is parents’ and centre leaders’ opinions regarding what makes a good kindergarten. Both stakeholder groups agree on statements expressing child-centred values as indicators of a good kindergarten. However, their opinions differ regarding children’s learning and work with letters and numbers; more parents than centre leaders respond that learning, literacy and mathematics are hallmarks of a good kindergarten. Parents with short education find these characteristics most important. The traditional Nordic kindergarten-concept is still strong among parents, but their opinions of learning vary. Therefore, perspectives on learning should be highlighted in dialogues between parents and staff.