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No more recruiting in a once growing workforce

Disappointing news in Zimbabwe as the government announces that Early Childhood Development teachers that were on the government’s payroll will not be funded in the 2018 budget.ECD services were already underfunded in Zimbabwe. Due to lack of funds, infrastructure and professional development have taken a back seat to salaries. With the government’s decision to remove ECD teacher salaries from the budget, communities and parents will have to take on the burden.

New multimedia guidebook focuses on the workforce

The recently released, Transforming the Early Education Workforce: A Multimedia Guidebook, from New America’s Early & Elementary Education Policy team is an interactive space aimed at making the report’s takeaway messages easily digestible.This guidebook was created as a supplement to the National Academies’ report, Transforming the Workforce for Children from Birth Through Age 8. It includes key messages, discussion questions, summaries, quotes and five newly produced videos that showcase professional learning programs around the United States. Additionally, you can find a collection of other videos and interactive tools in the multimedia guidebook. 

SEEPRO-R provides 30 new country reports for the ECEC workforce

We’re sharing a brand new resource for early childhood teacher educators in higher and vocational education, national and local government administrations, employers/service providers in the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) field, researchers and early years practitioners.
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.