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ARNEC's Webinar Series - Young children amidst COVID-19. #7_The ECD workforce matters, too: profiles, impacts, and support measures during and beyond the pandemic

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This webinar aims to understand the situation of early childhood educators and childcare professionals in the Asia-Pacific Region, the impact of COVID-19 on the ECCE Workforce and discuss interventions to support them during and beyond the pandemic.

The key questions that will be answered in the webinar are:

1. What is the role of the ECD/ECE workforce in fostering access to quality of early childhood education and childcare services?

2. What is the impact of COVID-19 on early childhood educators (pre-school teachers, childcare professionals and daycare workers) in government-supported and privately-run pre-schools and childcare centres in the region?

3. What interventions are necessary for the ECE workforce as pre-schools and ECD centres prepare to re-open and transition to blended learning approaches, including use of online platforms, among others?

4. What can we learn from institutions supporting the ECD workforce to address the impacts of COVID-19 on early childhood educators?

The speakers and topics are found below:

Ms Maki Hayashikawa, UNESCO Bangkok, "ECCE Workforce matters"

Dr. Chiam Heng Keng, Founding President of the ECCE Council Malaysia and Professional Early Childhood Educators (MAPECE), 

"Impact of COVID-19 and the Interventions for ECE Workforce"

Ms Samantha Page, Early Childhood Australia

"Supporting educators, teachers and service leaders through the pandemic – information sharing and online professional development"

Ms Tan Lee Jee, PAP Community Foundation, Singapore

"COVID-19: Adapting to change"

This webinar was moderated by Ms Jessica Hampton, Education Advisor at ChildFund Australia and ARNEC Steering Committee Member, (Core Team Representative).

Click here for the presentation slides deck.

Click here for the webinar recording on YouTube.

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