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New Framework For Childcare Personnel
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1229678/1/.html
Source Date: Friday, October 05, 2012
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: Singapore
Created: Oct 04, 2012

SINGAPORE: Childcare personnel will have structured pathways to develop and update their professional knowledge and skills, under a new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Framework.

The framework aims to enhance childcare quality by further developing manpower capabilities within the sector.

It defines and maps the progressive levels of competencies required in core domains such as child development, learning environment and curriculum as childcare professionals progress in their roles.

It also outlines tools, activities and resources that can help centres evaluate and support the professional development needs of their teachers and educarers.

The framework was developed by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), in close consultation with early childhood experts.

Focus group discussions were also held with operators and teachers to ensure that the framework would be relevant and meet the needs of the industry.

The CPD framework will be distributed from November to over 1,000 childcare centres, reaching over 10,000 childcare personnel.

It was launched by Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Mr Chan Chun Sing, at the 13th annual Child Care Seminar on Friday.

To complement the launch of the framework, a series of training seminars and workshops will be conducted for childcare supervisors on the use of the CPD toolkit to plan and track the development of their personnel, from January 2013.

MCYS will also be working closely with early childhood training providers to design and develop training courses aligned to the framework.

The framework complements other efforts by MCYS to attract, retain and develop early childhood professionals.

These initiatives include subsidised early childhood training courses, scholarships to attract new entrants, upgrading opportunities for teachers, and more career opportunities.

- CNA/cc
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