ERIC Number: ED389394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
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Who Works with Young Children? Concepts and Issues of Staffing and Professionalization in European Countries.
This is the preliminary report of a project collating information from 15 European Union countries on professionals serving infants through 14-year-olds in nonformal educational settings. Findings include: (1) There is a great range of variation in the training of individuals working in non-traditional education and child care; this ranges from university trained practitioners to workers who may or may not have completed a 200 hour optional training program; (2) similarly, in some countries, there is a rigid training division which suggests that those working with very young children have access to less training than those working with children 4 or older; (3) in several countries, there is a move towards unifying the training system for those working with all age groups; but the inclusion of training for those working with preschool students lags behind these efforts; and (4) work tasks and professional roles differ widely for those working with various age groups. Three areas requiring further cross-national research are: (1) the goals and aims of training for child care professionals; (2) ways to widen the range of employment opportunities for educators; and (3) ways to redefine the relationship between parents and educators and child care professionals. (JW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: European Community
Note: Paper presented at the European Conference on the Quality of Early Childhood Education (5th, Paris, France, September 7-9, 1995).