The European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) and the Organization Mondial pour l’Education Prescholaire (OMEP) define the profession of Early Childhood Education and Care as supporting the education, care and training of the child from birth until the beginning of compulsory education, with the aim of their development, learning and well-being. Early childhood education and care draws on developmental and learning theories, social and educational policy theories and promotes interdisciplinary approaches to ensure the holistic development of the preschool child. The principles of human rights, as well as children’s rights, are fundamental to early childhood education and care.
In Greece, the profession of Early Childhood Education and Care Educator and the applied scientific discipline of Early Childhood Education and Care have established and recognized vocational rights.
The vocational rights have been established by Presidential Decree No. 523, Official Gazette 203/24-12-91, Vol. A, Article 25 of Law 1404/1983 (Government Gazette 173). The term “Early Childhood Education and Care Educator” now replaces various other terms which were previously used – such as the terms: Infant and toddler Carer and Infant and Toddler Educator.