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Early Childhood Workforce Profiles : Report provides key data from 30 countries

March 21, 2019

Early Childhood Workforce Profiles : Report provides key data from 30 countries

In recent years, reforms in early childhood education and care (ECEC) systems across Europe have changed structures in the sector regarding initial qualifications, continuing professional development and needed competences and skills. In addition, demographic developments and the promotion of staff exchanges are leading to increasing mobility within the workforce.


Responding to those developments, the SEEPRO-R project, under leadership of the State Institute of Early Childhood Research in Munich, published a report on early childhood education and care (ECEC) systems in 30 countries. The countries covered are the 28 EU member states as well as Russia and Ukraine.

The project team analyses the 30 countries in separate chapters, each consisting of two parts:

  •  Analysis of ECEC Workforce Profiles, covering the current status quo regarding the qualification requirements for early childhood education and care professionals (pedagogues, teachers, educators), the composition of the workforce, the systems of initial professional education and continuing professional development, current reform initiatives and research projects and selected aspects of the working conditions of staff.
  • Provision of Key Contextual Data in those countries – a synopsis of the main features of the ECEC system and relevant demographic data.

The report aims to provide a resource for a wide audience, including early childhood teachers and educators in higher and vocational education, government administrations, employers/service providers in the ECEC field, researchers, early years practitioners and all other interested persons.

To have access to the full report click here

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