early childhood education

Study 1

Aims and findings of study 1 in early childhood education.

Analysis of catch-up and support programmes

The first study in early childhood education settings (VVE) will start with a document analysis of the applications for catch up and support programmes. Given the limited amount of information provided in the applications, we will send all 312 early childhood education centres that received funding an additional short online questionnaire. 

In this questionnaire, we will ask them to briefly describe:

  • which catch-up programme they are using (a brief description of their objective, the method used and why they expect the programme to work);
  • which instruments they use to monitor the development of pre-school children;
  • whether they are prepared to take part in a follow-up study.

Other studies in Early childhood education

Study 2

Quantitative analysis

A quantitative analysis of the effectiveness of the programme in terms of the development of pre-school children.

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Study 3

Qualitative case studies

Qualitative case studies in two centres to investigate the effective elements of the programmes.

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Study 4

Quantitative evaluation

An online questionnaire to be completed by pedagogical staff about the effects on the social-emotional development of the participating children.

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Throughout the research, we will work closely together with schools and other sector partners (Council for Primary Education, Dutch Inspectorate of Education, Ministry of Education) to share our research findings – where possible during implementation of the programmes. You can read the results of the studies here.

Proposal NRO

Would you like to view a copy of the research proposal (in Dutch) for these studies? Download it here.


Do you have any questions about the research? Contact us for a general questions or ask the research team.


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Would you like to read about similar research in other schools and centres? All our research is shown here.