Workforce Profiles in Systems of Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe

January 2, 2018

Thirty new or updated country reports have been complied and released by the SEEPRO-R project. SEEPRO-R revised and revamped the SEEPRO project, which reviewed and analysed the professional education and training, occupational profiles and work settings of early childhood personnel in the context of the early childhood education and care (ECEC) systems in the 27 European Union Countries. The study was conducted between 2006 and 2009.

SEEPRO-R aims to review the expansion and consolidation in Europe. The project takes a look at many of the new fundamental reforms including qualification and competence requirements for early childhood workforce and the structures of professional studies and continuing education.

The data from this project can be used by Germany, as well as in international contexts, to make informed decisions about staff qualifications and continuing professional education. Furthermore, it can be used to scrutinize in-country policies and promote mobility of ECEC staff among European countries.

Longstanding contacts in European universities, higher education institutions, research institutions and policy institutions were used to find partners. Additionally, new partners were recruited through international collegial networks. A 5-day research visit was organized in Croatia in order to conduct interviews with ministry officials, professional education/training specialists, researchers, representatives of professional organizations and other key stakeholders. Contacts with Russian and Ukraine were enabled by a German agency specializing in the recruitment and mobilization of staff from these nations.

Country experts worked along with the project team on their Workforce Profile reports. Tedious work was necessary to ensure that key concepts were comprehensible in both English and German. Constant probing and revisiting was necessary to make sure that key terms were correctly understood across languages.

Key contextual data was compiled by a two-person team. The main sources were international reports, websites and European and national statistical sites. A triangulation approach was used for checking and cross-checking data. As ECEC systems are continuously changing, these reports are only a representation of the systems included in these reports at the time the data was compiled.

Find SEEPRO-R reports on the ECWI Knowledge Hub.