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ERIC Number: ED442549
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 56
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Workforce Issues in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Moss, Peter
This paper addresses, in two parts, some issues in the staffing of early childhood services. Taking an international perspective, the first part of the paper discusses: (1) the structure of the early childhood workforce; (2) the social construction of the early childhood worker; (3) gender; (4) staff to child ratios; (5) processes of transition in the reform of staffing; (6) the relationship between the staffing of early childhood services and other services for children; and (7) family day care. This part concludes with a series of questions about the staffing of early childhood services, especially concerning training and education, and presents, as a basis for discussion, a set of targets for staffing drawn from a larger set of 40 "quality targets" produced by the European Commission Childcare Network, an expert group drawn from the European Union's member states. The second part of the paper consists of accounts of staffing in center-based early childhood services in six case countries. This part provides detailed material to illustrate the general points made in part one. The six countries selected for special attention are Denmark, France, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. They were selected because they illustrate most of the range of diversity outlined in part one, with the exception that five of the six have integrated responsibility for all early childhood services within one system and government department, while most countries continue to divide responsibility between education and welfare systems. (Contains 67 references.) (Author/EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: European Union