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Mitchel Insitute Workforce Paper

New resource from the Mitchell Institute highlights the workforce

A resource released in October, 2017 highlights the importance quality in early childhood education. Quality is key in early childhood education in Australia, from the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University, discusses why improving teaching in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) should be a primary focus of governments.Dr. Charlene Smith, Policy Program Director of the Mitchell Institute, stressed early childhood educators need enhanced training and professional learning to better support them in their work.“We know that early education changes lives and is particularly transformative for disadvantaged children but it is only effective if it is of sufficient quality to impact their development,” Smith said. “Governments have invested significantly to help more children access early learning and improve affordability, but there will be no return on that investment unless children attend high quality services.”The recent paper found that one in five services in Australia do not ensure that their staff is active and reflective in designing learning programs for children. Half of services just meet the minimum quality benchmark in this area.You can read the full article at EducationHQ. And, find the paper at http://www.mitchellinstitute.org.au/. 

Latest ECWI webinar recording is available now

In the early years, multi-sectorial approaches are widely considered an important reaction to global challenges. Multi-sectoral approaches including integrated parenting support, nutrition, health, social protection, child protection and education address multifaceted problems. ‘Integrated services’ offer a response to the need for well-aligned and well-coordinated interventions in addressing the complex problems that children and their families face.The Early Childhood Workforce’s webinar, hosted October 26th, focused on such services. While the design, governance, finance and delivery of early childhood systems make an impactful difference on children and their families, there are also many barriers to taking on integrated work. 

Celebrate World Teachers' Day

World Teachers’ Day is held annually on 5 October since 1994 to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. The 1966 Recommendation constitutes the main reference framework for addressing teachers’ rights and responsibilities on a global scale.

Stipends rise for Anganwadi workers in New Delhi

The Delhi Cabinet chaired by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal approved a proposal to increase the stipend of Anganwadi workers and helpers by almost 100% in July. The stipend has been increased from Rs 5,000 per month to Rs 9,678 per month. The cabinet also approved enhancement of the honorarium of Anganwadi helpers from Rs 2,500 per month to Rs 4,839 per month.

Starting Strong 2017

The OECD report, Starting Strong 2017: Key OECD Indicators on Early Childhood Education and Care, has been released and stresses how Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) lays the groundwork for the future. The report aims to provide current and reliable information for countries to improve their ECEC services.