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Early Childhood Education for Sustainability

  • Jane SpiteriEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69902-8_114-1


The United Nations (UN) defines a child as any person under age 18 (UN 1989; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization [UNESCO] 2017). Early childhood care and education (ECCE) denotes the education of children from birth till 8 years of age (UNESCO 2017), which could be the starting point for the development of a sustainable society, particularly by embedding early childhood education for sustainability (ECEfS) in early years curricula (Davis 2010; Elliott 2019; UNESCO 2014). ECEfS is transformative, empowering, and participative education around sustainability issues, topics, and experiences via the creation of, and support of, learning communities in ECCE (Davis 2010).


While a child is considered to be any person under the age of 18 (UN 1989; UNESCO 2017), early childhood is the period between birth and 8 years of age (UNESCO 2017), unless otherwise stated by national laws. Early childhood is a sensitive period for brain development....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of MaltaMsidaMalta

Section editors and affiliations

  • Umesh Chandra Pandey
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  1. 1.Indira Gandhi National Open University, Regional CentreBhopalIndia