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Starting Strong III: A Quality Toolbox for ECEC – Improving qualifications, training and workforce conditions




If you are looking to enhance quality in ECEC through improving workforce conditions, qualifications and training, here are some key actions you can consider and the tools to help you!

Using research to inform policy and the public

Tools to help brief policymakers, stakeholders or the media on what the research shows 

Qualifications, education and training

Research brief


Working conditions

Research brief


Broadening perspectives through international comparison

Tools to help compare your country’s practices with others

International comparison

Job titles, qualifications and requirements



Professional development



ECEC staff working conditions



Selecting a strategy option

Tools to help assess current strategies and identify possible alternatives strategies

Summary of strategies for improving workforce qualifications and training 

Country examples

Challenge 1: Improving staff qualifications

Challenge 2: Workforce supply

Challenge 3: Workforce retention

Challenge 4: Workforce development

Challenge 5: Private provision 

Managing risks: learning from other countries’ policy experiences

A quick read about challenges and risks to consider when implementing policy initiatives

Lessons learned from improving qualifications, training and working conditions

Reflecting on the current state of play

A tool to facilitate reflection on where your country stands in comparison with other country practices

Lessons learnt from improving workforce conditions, qualifications and training


For examples of training materials, workforce development plans, national research on workforce training, etc. from various countries, click here.



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