Evidence clearly shows the impact of early childhood workforce quality on young children’s learning and development outcomes. However, lack of professionals in this field (particularly in the low-middle income countries), lack of formal recognition, inadequate trainings and the absence of concrete standards in terms of qualifications, remunerations, and certification for the workforce, are among the critical areas of concern for ensuring good quality ECCE across the Asia-Pacific region.
At the regional level, there is a need to invest in the ECCE workforce through adopting a range of initiatives -- e.g., recruitment of sufficient workforce, professionalizing the workforce, providing continuous professional development opportunities, conducting needs assessment of the capacity of different stakeholders for implementing ECCE services and supporting the development of regulatory mechanisms/guidelines for training institutes.
Building on this urgent need to support and invest in early childhood workforce in the region, the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC), being a part of global initiative i.e. Early Childhood Workforce Initiative, understands the significance to facilitate regional level dialogues among different stakeholders for making it a priority so that it leads to strengthening the early childhood workforce in the region.
This webinar aims to focus on understanding the current opportunities and challenges that we may need to address at the regional level, as we work towards this issue, while also sharing the key strategies/initiatives that may support the strengthening of early childhood workforce in the region.
1) Clifford Meyers, Board of Director, ARNEC
2) Vidya Putcha, Senior Program Officer, R4D
3) Zorica Trikic, Senior Program Manager, ISSA
4) Chavi Vohra, Mobile Creches India
Margaret Sims, Honorary Professor at the Macquarie University and Steering Committee Member of ARNEC