Most downloaded resources of 2019

Over the last several years, resources from more than 70 countries found their way into our Knowledge Hub – making it the go-to for a variety of geographic contexts. Our Knowledge Hub is home to over 250 resources highlighting various professions within the Early Childhood Development field. In order to support those working in the Early Childhood Workforce field with free access to a variety of well-researched documents about the profession, the Initiative continues to update the Knowledge Hub regularly. In 2019, we shared numerous new resources. Take a look at the top 10 downloads of 2019.

The Country Brief Series

EcuadorProfessionalizing the Workforce Supporting Infants and Toddlers from Birth to 3:  Highlights the government of Ecuador’s approach to professionalizing childcare center and home visiting workers with pre- and in-service training that emphasizes theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Georgia Training Early Childhood Intervention Workers to Close a Workforce Gap: Examines the development and implementation of a pre-and in-service training program for the early childhood intervention (ECI) workforce and the creation of accreditation mechanisms for building the capacity of ECI services.

Ghana Bridging Access with Quality: Explores the Fast Track Transformational Teaching (FTTT) Program’s approach to enhancing pre-and in-service training that improves kindergarten teachers’ practical skills and ability to implement the national play-based kindergarten curriculum.

Kenya Empowering Community Health Volunteers to Integrate Nurturing Care: Examines Siaya County’s approach to integrating nurturing care into the work of Community Health Volunteers by providing them with ongoing support and better recognition.

Philippines Combining Training with Job Security to Improve the Quality of the Childcare Workforce: Analyzes nationally supported training efforts to improve the knowledge and skills of personnel, as well as local efforts to address working conditions and job security.

Singapore Developing Career Pathways for Early Childhood Care and Education Workers: Highlights the Government of Singapore’s efforts to support career advancement in the early childhood care and education profession by creating and investing in competency-based trainings, professional development frameworks, and career pathways.

 

Supporting the early childhood workforce at scale: The Cuna Más home visiting program in Peru

The first in a series of Country Studies from the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative focuses on Cuna Más, a large-scale ECD program in Peru. As one of few home visiting programs operating – and having been evaluated – at scale in low- and middle-income countries, Cuna Más holds valuable workforce lessons that may resonate more broadly with ECD programs and policymakers seeking to reach young children and families around the world.

 

Strengthening and Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce: Competences and Standards

The first in a series of landscape analyses, this document deep dives into competences and standards using extensive review of published and grey literature. The analysis shares 6 key findings related to the ways in which countries have used competences and standards to support early childhood systems globally.

 

Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce at Scale: Community Health Workers and the Expansion of First 1000 Days Services in South Africa

This study is intended to provide insight into how the Department of Health is endeavoring to implement the NIECDP, with particular focus on the role of CHW. It examines the experience of two provinces and aims to consider the implications for service delivery across the country, as well as provide recommendations to enable, prepare and support the CHW workforce to deliver on this expanded suite of early childhood services. Given that many countries are considering expanded roles of para-professionals such as CHWs, it is also hoped that this study will contribute further to the knowledge base around delivering integrated health and development services for young children across a range of contexts.

 

Strengthening and Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce: Training and Professional Development

The second in our series of landscape analyses takes a closer look at training and professional development opportunities for the early childhood workforce.

Taking into account the diverse backgrounds and experiences of individuals delivering ECD services, training and professional development programs offer an opportunity to impart a core set of knowledge and skills to members of the early childhood workforce, which is particularly important as programs look to scale and reach a greater number of young children and families. In addition, there is evidence to suggest that supporting individuals with such opportunities can influence child development outcomes.

 

Fostering Effective Early Learning (FEEL) Study

The 2018 Fostering Effective Early Learning (FEEL) study focuses on the importance of quality, and how to strengthen it in early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings. Building on the existing body of international research, the findings of the FEEL study, address the need for quality improvement in ECEC by showing how a particular form of evidence-based in-service PD can produce substantial and practically meaningful improvements in both staff practices and child outcomes.

 

Child Care Staff: Learning and Growing Through Professional Development

Child Care Staff: Learning and Growing Through Professional Development offers insights and shares innovative practices about the current professional development and support activities currently offered to the Australian early childhood workforce.

Drawing on the views and experience of 684 child care service directors/managers/owner-operators and staff across Australia, this publication aims to answer questions about how professional development impacts children’s outcomes and the measures of effective support services.

 

Proposal for key principles of a Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care - Report of the Working Group on Early Childhood Education and Care under the auspices of the European Commission

Proposal for key principles of a Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care is the report of the Working Group on Early Childhood Education and Care under the auspices of the European Commission.

The authors of the report focus on which measures have helped Member States address and promote measurable improvements for children, families, local communities and society.

 

Achieving Excellence through Continuing Professional Development: A CPD Framework for Early Childhood Educators

Achieving Excellence through Continuing Professional Development: A CPD Framework for Early Childhood Educators provides child care personnel with a structured pathway to develop, update and specialize in knowledge and skills relevant to their profession. It is designed to help child care personnel continue to deliver high quality programs and services to children and families.

 

Skills Framework for Early Childhood Care and Education

The Skills Framework is a SkillsFuture initiative developed for the Singapore workforce to promote skills mastery and lifelong learning. The Framework provides an overview of the must-knows for a fulfilling career in the ECCE sector. It aims to equip individuals to make informed decisions about career choices, as well as take responsibility for skills upgrading and career planning.


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