Implementing the concept of education in early childhood education
When the education plans and programmes were rolled out in Germany’s federal
states, they included guidelines for the work of full day childcare centres. Since
then, full day childcare centres have been referred to as “educational institutions”.
But does the discourse on early childhood education qualify as an educational
issue from a philosophy of education perspective? To answer this question, we
shall start with a historical overview of the concept of education, in which we
present the interpretations of several relevant education philosophers. After that,
we will describe the legal early childhood education and care mandate for full day
childcare centres, which will help us further define the concept of education from
an education studies perspective. We will then discuss and explore the question
posed at the beginning of this paper with reference to the features fleshed out in
the opening chapters as characteristic of the concept of education.