Pioneers: Dahlberg and Moss

Written by: Estelle Martin
29 November 2017

We take look at the work of Gunilla Dahlberg and Peter Moss, both of whom take a post-modern approach to early years learning, policy and provision for both children and families.

Key points

  • Dahlberg has pioneered provision that enables parents to combine work and family life
  • The Swedish education system can be described as a partnership between the government, community and the family. Provision is made available for all children as an entitlement
  • Professor Moss promotes a ‘European politics of childhood’
  • At the centre of this vision is the notion of inclusive and integrated universal childhood services; that all children have an entitlement to quality provision

Note: This article was first published in the March 2008 issue of eye


This article considers two influential advocates of a ‘post-modern’ perspective on early childhood policy and provision. Both Gunilla Dahlberg and Peter Moss are professors of early childhood, researching and reviewing policy aspects of services for children and families. Both consider that quality and diversity is essential in the process of policy formation and the development of provision for children and families.

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