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Sahin B. E., Dostoglu N. T.

METU JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, vol.29, pp.301-320, 2012 (AHCI) identifier identifier


A number of studies have revealed that experiences gained during preschool years have a great impact on the subsequent accomplishments of an individual, and that kindergartens have a major influence on child development since these are places where children spend most of their preschool time. Early childhood education has a special importance among all other education processes because development is shaped at a large extent during the 0-6 year period of children. During the first three years, care for children is given at various establishments, such as kindergartens and day care centers, but especially at home, and various programmes are carried out to support early childhood development. Preschool education is based on programmes delivered at playschools or preschools for children aged 3 to 6, in order to give children a better start in life. In Turkey, preschool education is delivered generally by official and private independent playschools (for children 36-72 months of age) or in playschools that are established within schools (for children 60-72 months of age).