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Impact of training and working conditions of early childhood education and care practitioners on children

CARE researchers Paul Leseman and Pauline Slot participated in the expert workshop entitled ‘Impact of training and working conditions of early childhood education and care practitioners on children’, on May 16th in Brussels.

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This workshop was organized by Eurofound and prepared by dr. Jan Peeters and colleagues, from Ghent University.

A draft report on strategies for continuing professional development along with improving the working conditions in ECEC was presented and discussed. The draft report contained a systematic review of both quantitative and qualitative studies across Europe. Several important issues were discussed, including the associations between structural quality and working conditions for ECEC staff and the effects of continuing professional development and improvements of structural quality conditions on children’s wellbeing and developmental outcomes.

The workshop was particularly important for studying cost-benefit efficiency in ECEC, and for understanding the complex systemic interactions among structural ECEC features and children’s outcomes.

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