Integrated Early Years Systems

This report provides an overview of available international evidence on integrated early years systems. It analyses the early years systems in Belgium, Denmark, Estonia and the Netherlands and explores the means by which system change has been achieved.

Most countries are in the process of creating their integrated early years system, with no one country having ‘arrived’ and so offering a complete transferable model.

The review indicates that there is no one country that can offer a fully functioning model of an integrated system that can be replicated in Wales, but aspects of system development and structural features drawn from a range of countries in this review can usefully inform the development of an integrated early years system in Wales.