PECERA (HK) has been given exclusive and worldwide Chinese translation rights to ECERS-R 2005, ITERS-R 2006 and ECERS-E 2010 by Teachers College Press. These newly published Chinese versions also incorporate additional clarification notes.
ECERS-R, ECERS-E and ITERS-R
The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale® – Revised (ECERS-R) is designed to evaluate quality of provision for children aged 2½ to 5 years in centre-based settings. The Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale® – Revised (ITERS-R) is the partner scale for the 0-2½ age range. Both the ECERS-R and ITERS-R contain a wide range of statements or ‘indicators’ with which to evaluate the quality of the early years environment in its broadest sense. These indicators ‘stack up’ like building blocks to celebrate strengths and provide signposts to improvement. They also provide a rigorous means of measuring quality – and improvement in quality – over time. The ECERS-R and ITERS-R evaluate seven broad dimensions of quality:
• Space and furnishings
• Personal care routines
• Language and reasoning
• Programme structure
• Provision for parents and staff
Both the ECERS-R and ITERS-R were developed by Thelma Harms, Richard Clifford and Debby Cryer at the University of North Carolina.
An extension to the ECERS-R (the ECERS-E) was designed by Kathy Sylva, Iram Siraj-Blatchford and Brenda Taggart as part of the EPPE Project. It provides greater depth and additional items in four educational aspects of provision:
• Science and Environment