03 April 2023

Improving staff working conditions for better quality early childhood education and care in Austria

Early childhood offers a critical window of opportunity to shape the trajectory of a child’s holistic development and build a foundation for their future. The European Pillar of Social Rights states that all children have the right to affordable Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) of good quality. It is in the earliest years of a child’s…, The demand for ECEC for children from 0 to 6 is rising in Austria, however, a shortage in trained ECEC professionals has led to limited provision and decreased enrolment rates, specifically among children aged 0-3 years old. The main source of this shortage has been tied to the following: There are differing staffing and employment conditions for…, Projected intended impact and outcomes, The expected long-term effect of this project is a strengthened quality, availability, equity and stability of ECEC workforce in Austria and reduced staff shortages. This will contribute to better access to and quality of ECEC services in the country. The specific objectives of this TSI Project will be achieved through the following outcomes:, Outcome 1, The Austrian authorities have gained extensive knowledge of the current status of the ECEC sector and implications for staffing., Outcome 2, The Austrian authorities at federal and province level have jointly developed a Model Framework for ECEC Staffing Quality and Conditions, to serve as a template/good practice for adaptation and adoption at the province level, as well as a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for quality control and coordination of ECEC., Outcome 3, Austrian authorities (federal and province level) agree on a detailed implementation strategy on the improvement of framework conditions and recruitment in ECEC, including a nationwide action plan and a roadmap for implementation., Outcome 4, Based on concepts and recommendations developed by the project, the Austrian authorities (federal and province level) conduct a national communication and advocacy campaign aimed at increasing uptake of the ECEC profession. By aiming to improve the framework conditions for staff in early childhood education and care (0-6 years) and therefore raise…, Key Project Deliverables, The project has the following key activities and outputs to achieve the above outcomes: A project inception report and kick-off meeting. A report on a desk review of ECEC workforce conditions in Austria. A report on European good practice on strengthening ECEC workforce conditions. A sector workforce analysis diagnostic report.  Consolidated…, Improving staff working conditions for better quality in early childhood education and care in Austria A brief on the EU technical support project for Austria (2022-2024) Background Early childhood offers a critical window of opportunity to shape the trajectory of a childs holistic development and build a foundation for their future. The European…
03 April 2023

Supporting the expansion and strategic development of early childhood education and care in Cyprus

Early childhood offers a critical window of opportunity to shape the trajectory of a child’s holistic development and build a foundation for their future. The European Pillar of Social Rights states that all children have the right to affordable Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) of good quality. It is in the earliest years of a child’s…, Cyprus acknowledges the importance of providing affordable high-quality ECEC as a condition for promoting children’s early development and their subsequent school performance. It recognizes ECEC as an area that needs improvement and therefore has high policy priority. This is highlighted in the national Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) adopted…, Projected intended impact and outcomes, This Project aims to support Cyprus in raising the quality, affordability, accessibility and inclusiveness of ECEC, by guiding investments and reforms in the sector as outlined in the national RRP for 2021-2026. This includes a mapping to inform the expansion of facilities, development of a quality framework, and undertaking a range of evidence…, Outcome 1, The Cypriot authorities have gained extensive knowledge of the current status of the early childhood education and care sector through 1) a mapping of existing services including supply and demand 2) a comprehensive analysis of status of the ECEC sub-sector, and 3) analysis of good practice from EU Member States/other European countries, and a set…, Outcome 2, Cyprus adopts a National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care, together with a set of related indicators reflecting the data collected and quality needs across the split system, which have been created jointly with all relevant authorities and stakeholders and validated by the Social Welfare Services of the Deputy Ministry of…, Outcome 3, The Cypriot authorities adopt a comprehensive national strategy for early childhood education and care and accompanying action plan, based on recommendations developed with the help of the mapping, sub-sector analysis and European good practice and the quality framework development process., Key project deliverables, The project has the following key activities and outputs to achieve the above outcomes: A project inception report and kick-off meeting. A mapping of supply and demand of ECEC services to inform the new state-aid Scheme included in the RRP for the establishment of at least 27 Multifunctional Centers for Children and Childcare Centres by the end of…, DEPUTY MINISTRY OFSOCIAL WELFARE, SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES Supporting the Expansion and Strategic Development of Early Childhood Education and Care in Cyprus A brief on the EU TSI Project in Cyprus Background Early childhood offers a critical window of opportunity to shape the trajectory of a childs holistic development and build a foundation for…
30 March 2023

Technical Support Instrument

As the UN custodian of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF has accumulated 75 years of engagement with member states on efforts to progressively realize the full rights of every child. UNICEF’s core asset is its global expertise and network, in development and high-income countries, and experience specifically on providing…, DG REFORM and the Technical Support Instrument , The Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM) helps EU countries to design and implement reforms as part of their efforts to support job creation and sustainable growth.  The Technical Support Instrument, managed by DG REFORM is the key tool for supporting Member States in designing and implementing growth-enhancing and…, TSI Projects, Austria, Improving staff working conditions for better quality in early childhood education and care in Austria, Early childhood offers a critical window of opportunity to shape the trajectory of a child’s holistic development and build a foundation for their future. The European Pillar of Social Rights states that all children have the right to affordable Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) of good quality. It is in the earliest years of a child’s…, Cyprus, Supporting the Expansion and Strategic Development of Early Childhood Education and Care in Cyprus, Early childhood offers a critical window of opportunity to shape the trajectory of a child’s holistic development and build a foundation for their future. The European Pillar of Social Rights states that all children have the right to affordable Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) of good quality. It is in the earliest years of a child’s…, Czech Republic, Developing a Comprehensive Framework for the Monitoring and Evaluation of Early Childhood Education and Care in the Czech Republic, Background Early childhood offers a critical window of opportunity to shape the trajectory of a child’s holistic development and build a foundation for their future. The European Pillar of Social Rights states that all children have the right to affordable and quality early childhood education and care (ECEC). It is in the earliest years of a…, Greece, Implementation of the European Child Guarantee, The project aims to support the Greek Ministry of Social Cohesion and Family as well as the national Center for Social Solidarity (EKKA), appointed as National Coordinator for the Child Guarantee, to implement the National Action Plan on the European Child Guarantee more effectively, with a view to establishing a sustainable system for monitoring…, Luxembourg, Strengthening Monitoring & Evaluation of Children’s Rights and Establishing a Sustainable Stakeholder Consultation Mechanism in Luxembourg, Over the last years, Luxembourg has made significant progress in the area of child rights, child poverty and social exclusion and recently adopted two cornerstone policy documents. First, in May 2022, Luxembourg adopted its first National Strategy and Action Plan on the Rights of the Child 2022-2026) in response to the recommendation by the…, Romania, Enhancing the equity of education through preventing and combating school segregation, The Ministry of Education has adopted in December 2016 the Order of the Minister of Education No. 6134 of 21st of December 2016 on Prohibiting School Segregation in Pre-university Education School Units. Thus, the legal framework on school desegregation was revised and expanded to include 5 criteria of school segregation: 1) ethnicity, 2)…, Slovakia, Inclusion of children with disabilities in the context of deinstitutionalisation of substitute care in Slovak Republic, The Slovak Republic Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family  has initiated a technical support project with UNICEF and the European Commission to strengthen its care capacities and establish standards to create an environment that enables children with disabilities to realize their full potential and enjoy  their rights.  The general…
15 June 2022

How to prepare your child for preschool

Starting preschool is a big milestone for both your child and you. Learning to spend time apart can be a difficult transition, but beginning the formal learning journey is exciting too. Here are eight tips to help make the transition to preschool a smooth one., 1. Visit together, If you are able, plan to go to your child’s new school together before their first day. Play on the playground together and explore the classroom. This way, when they start on day one, school will be a familiar place., 2. Make new friends, If possible, arrange a playdate with children from your child’s class. This will allow them to get to know each other before school starts., 3. Play school together at home, Use pretend play to help your child get used to the idea of preschool. Take turns acting out different routines like story time, singing songs and nap time. You can also switch up the roles and let your child be the teacher. This will help your child think of school as a fun place and reduce anxiety on day one., 4. Turn getting-ready skills into a game, Practice fastening buttons and zippers, putting on a backpack and hanging a coat or jacket on a hook. You could turn putting on shoes into a game – see how fast you can do it!, 5. Share your experience, Tell your little one stories about when you first went to school, how you felt and special memories you made. If you can, find preschool photographs of yourself or other trusted adults your child knows and talk about them together., 6. Create a new routine, Start practicing the new bedtime and wake-up time your child will need for preschool several weeks before school actually starts – pick a bedtime that will provide a good night’s rest and a wake-up time early enough so neither of you have to rush in the morning. This will give both of you time to adjust. If you are able, you could even start a new…, 7. Listen to your child, Ask your little one about their feelings about going to school and reassure them that it is normal to feel excited, worried or any other emotions. Starting something new can feel scary and big – but it can also be lots of fun! Reassure your child that you will be there to pick them up at the end of the day and talk about what those routines will…, 8. Have a good-bye plan, Saying goodbye can be difficult for both you and your child! When that time comes, try to keep your parting quick and positive – reassure your child that you will see each other again soon. You can even have a special routine that will help comfort your child: sing a song together or do a special handshake. > For more tips on how to say goodbye…