Over the last several years, the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative has collected over 150 resources for the Knowledge Hub hosted on this website. These resources come from a total of 70 countries – making the Knowledge Hub the place to go for diverse literature on the early childhood workforce in different contexts and locations. In order to support those working in the Early Childhood Workforce, and those charged with making policies regarding this workforce, we offer free access to this large variety of well-researched documents about the profession. Read on to find the most downloaded resources in the second quarter of 2018.
1. Achieving Excellence through Continuing Professional Development: A CPD Framework for Early Childhood Educators
This Framework 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.
2. Supporting the early childhood workforce at scale: The Cuna Más home visiting program in Peru
The first country of three country studies from the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative focuses on Cuna Más in Peru. The study shares valuable workforce lessons that resonate more broadly with ECD programs and policymakers seeking to reach young children and families around the world.
3. Workforce Development Framework
The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute of the United States developed this a framework tailored to reflect the complexity of the work and these unique features of child welfare. This framework is intended to help agency leaders understand the best and promising practice in developing competent, committed, and diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. The framework illustrates an integrated approach to consistently assess, plan and implement strategies designed to address workforce gaps and evaluate the results through continuous quality improvement.
4. UNICEF ECD Resource Pack
This Early Childhood Resource Pack is designed to help program planners and managers understand the basic elements of the best start in life for children and how to most effectively work together to achieve those goals. It combines advocacy arguments with experiences, exercises and information that can be used to develop skills and understand programming for young children in development and emergency situations.
5. Strengthening and Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce: Training and Professional Development
The second in the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative’s series of landscape analyses is the first attempt to review global literature and experiences across early childhood sectors and roles. The study identifies shared experiences, challenges and approaches in an attempt to support efforts to strengthen the training and professional development opportunities available to members of the early childhood workforce.
6. Strengthening and Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce: Competences and Standards
Though there is recognition that competences and standards are important, there have been few efforts to date to systematize the various approaches to developing and implementing them for the early childhood workforce. This study from the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative aims to begin filling the gap in order to identify common approaches and challenges.
7. Child Care Staff: Learning and Growing through Professional Development
This publication from 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 what the measures of effective support services are.
8. Quality Assurance in Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) in Southeast Asia
This regional study examines the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) quality assurance policies, mechanisms and models in Southeast Asia. Researchers gathered important information on: ECCD quality assurance policies in the different countries, the ECCD policies and standards, the development and implementation of early learning development framework being used as a quality assurance tool, the ECCD teacher qualification standards and its implementation and the issues and challenges on quality assurance of ECCD programs and services.
9. A Review of the Literature: Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Personnel in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
This literature review was commissioned to inform the development of a common survey instrument for the UNESCO pilot Survey of Teachers in Pre-Primary Education (STEPP) which will collect data on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) personnel in selected low- and middle income countries (LMICs). The authors address three questions in this literature review:
• What is the evidence on the relationship among personnel characteristics, the quality of ECCE services and child outcomes?
• What are the training requirements, working conditions, setting characteristics of ECCE personnel in LMICs? What beliefs do these personnel hold?
• What are the trends and main issues surrounding the above-mentioned characteristics and their implications for access and quality?
10. Gender Inequalities in Early Childhood Development Education Teaching Profession in Kenya
This research paper focuses on the gender imbalance in early childhood education in Kenya. There is an emerging trend of men training as professionals in the field. Still, they are underrepresented. This paper presents a case study in Kenya, and further investigates the factors influencing the gender imbalance among preschool teachers.
The Initiative continues to update the Knowledge Hub on a regular basis, in fact 40 resources have already been added this year! Choose from one of the above resources, or see the Knowledge Hub for yourself here.