«Childhood is a unique period of human development, subject to many public policy interventions, and therefore is a critical period for preparing future generations to be social, productive, healthy and happy. There is a large body of evidence showing that the early years are crucial in people’s development and impact on adults’ social, economic and labour outcomes.
The Recommendation outlines access to quality services as an essential pillar in the framework of multidimensional policies for children. Within the services pillar, the European Commission recognises five types of services:
• Reducing inequality at a young age by investing in early childhood education and care;
• Improving education systems’ impact on equal opportunities;
• Improving the responsiveness of health systems to address the needs of disadvantaged children;
• Providing children with a safe, adequate housing and living environment;
• Enhancing family support and the quality of alternative care settings