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Distance Education in Early Childhood Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Teachers’ and Parents’ Perspectives and Experiences in Greece

Vassiliki Pliogou1,*, Harilaos Zaragas2, Sophia Tromara1, Athina Koliopoulou1, Efthymios Papatzikis3

1Department of Early Childhood Education, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Greece. 

2Department of Early Childhood Education, School of Education, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece. 

3Department of Early Childhood Education and Care, Faculty of Education and International Studies, University of Metropolitan Oslo, Oslo, Norway.

*Corresponding author: Vassiliki Pliogou

This article belongs to Special Issue “The Impact of COVID-19 on Contemporary Education”.
Published: March 1,2024


The unprecedented crisis of the COVID-19 inflicted all spheres of social life and especially education, to which Early Childhood Education (ECE) belongs. ECE had to adapt to an entirely new and unknown situation, including teachers, parents, and children. We qualitatively explored through semi-structured interviews both teachers’ and parents’ perspectives toward the implementation of distance education in ECE in Greece. Data were triangulated. The aims of this research were to examine: (1) The reactions of teachers and children/parents toward distance education; (2) Advantages and disadvantages of distance education in ECE; (3) Method preferred; (4) Parental involvement. Results indicated that although the shift to online teaching was abrupt, they managed to respond effectively by applying digital tools and teaching strategies to motivate the participation of children. However, they also highlighted the increased demand for teacher’s training in ICT, the social impact, the implementation of a holistic approach, material and psychological support to parents and children, and finally, post-pandemic implications.


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