Top 10 resources in the Early Childhood Workforce Knowledge Hub

May 7, 2018

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, or resource library, is home to 140 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. So far, 30 resources have been added in 2018!

Take a look at the Top 10 downloads in the first quarter of 2018.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. National Guidelines - Best Practice in Early Childhood Intervention
National Guidelines from Early Childhood Intervention Australia presents eight recommended best practices in Early Childhood Intervention. The clear and plain-language text also offers rationale for each of these practices.

4. Child Care Staff: Learning and Growing Through Professional Development
This publication 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.

5. 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.

6. Early Childhood Education Pre-Service Teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Teaching Psychosocial Skills Across the Kindergarten Curriculum in Ghana
This study assesses early childhood education pre-service teachers’ knowledge in teaching psychosocial skills across the kindergarten curriculum in Ghana. The thorough research, published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education, questioned 123 pre-serve teachers pursuing a degree in early childhood education.

7. Early Years Workforce Strategy
This strategy from the United Kingdom details how the department for Women, Equalities and the Early Years plans to support the early years sector and remove barriers to attracting, retaining and developing the early years workforce.

8. 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.

9. NESET II : Transforming European ECEC services and Primary schools into professional learning communities: drivers, barriers and ways forward
At the European level, there is a lack of comprehensive comparative research that reviews existing professional learning communities in early childhood education and care (ECEC) services and schools. This report focuses on how ECEC services and schools can become professional learning communities.

10. Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators – Related Professional Criteria
The appendices from the Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators, provide clear and concise guidance on essential knowledge and skills for infant-toddler educators. They complement related professional criteria, tools and child development benchmarks.

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