Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2006

Full Length Research Paper

Reflection of policy documents in early years’ educational settings during the COVID-19 pandemic

Ozbay Ipek
  • Ozbay Ipek
  • Department of Early Childhood Education, Yozgat Bozok University, Yozgat, Turkey.
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Karaoglu Sevim
  • Karaoglu Sevim
  • Department of Early Childhood Education, Agri Ibrahim Cecen University, Agri, Turkey.
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  •  Received: 22 May 2022
  •  Accepted: 06 July 2022
  •  Published: 31 July 2022


This study investigates the implementation of policy documents in early years’ educational settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments over the entire world declared and created new disapplication to provide a clear understanding on how they can manage the pandemic process. Likewise, Turkish ministries created policy documents which help teachers keep children and themselves healthy and safe, which is the new normal. This study was conducted on 118 preschool teachers. They completed the survey consisting of 47 closed-ended and 8 open-ended, 61 items in total. The research indicates that Turkish policy documents overlap Japan, Australian, English, Hungarian documents in some points. The policy documents are reflected based on the pre-school teachers’ perspective who found the documents helpful in the school settings. Practical problems are also explained. However, interestingly, another point emerged in this research spontaneously that the language of the policy documents is negative.


Key words: COVID-19, early childhood education, policy, practice, teachers.