Profile of an ECCE Centre: Recruitment and Types of ECCE Personnel (For CBSE, ICSE, IAS, NET, NRA 2022)

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Recruitment of ECCE Personnel

Well-trained and qualified ECCE personnel are essential for facilitating and providing optimal learning opportunities to children. Selecting and recruiting well qualified and skilled ECCE personnel is an important aspect for quality early childhood education.

Types of ECCE Personnel

Types of ECCE Personnel
  • Usually an ECCE center is headed by a center head with teachers and helpers sharing the responsibility. Let us study about them in brief.
  • ECCE Teacher: The ECCE teacher is the key person who is responsible for conducting activities and programmes in a classroom setting. A teacher should have the ability to embrace many roles depending on the needs and demand of children like communicator, facilitator, model, storyteller etc. She/he should be spontaneous with and sensitive to children՚s needs.
  • ECCE Helper: ECCE helper provides care and supervision to children under the guidance of the teacher. The helper helps and supports the teacher in conducting different activities as planned. The helpers are invaluable in a center setting and invaluable to the ECCE teacher they work with.

Adequacy of Staff

Before starting an ECCE center, the number of staff required to maintain a desirable child-teacher ratio must be decided. A small classroom of 10 to 15 children may have one teacher and one helper.

Monitoring and Supervision of Staff

To ensure that the center՚s staff and resources are effectively managed, regular supervision and monitoring are required. This includes proper deployment of ECCE personnel, supervision of daily programme of center՚s activities and events.

Criteria for Selection of Staff

Even the government and the related ministries have laid down some important and mandatory skills and qualification as important for preschool teachers. The ECCE teacher ought to be someone from the local community.

Professional Experience

  • Persons who are not trained can be provided with the necessary orientation in the initial stages and frequent refresher courses can also be organized for them.
  • While any person can have a degree in childhood development or one or two years of training in ECCE, ensuring that the person has experience working with children is entirely different. Hence, the real-world experience is a must.
  • ECCE personnel with pleasant personality are suitable for working with young children. They need to have patience and a sense of responsibility, enthusiasm, creativity, sensitivity and spontaneity. The staff should be child friendly.
  • While it is hard to determine a person՚s personality in just one interview, making use of the listed personal references can help tremendously. Background checks are a ‘must’ for anyone who will be working around children. A background check will ensure that the person has a clean record and has not been involved in any crime in the past.
  • Hiring ECCE personnel is an important part of planning and maintaining a healthy, safe and successful ECCE center.

Stakeholders in Ecce

  • Stakeholders refer to any group that is affected by the working and policies of an organization. A stakeholder in education is anyone who is concerned and interested in the success of a school or school system.
  • Parents and students are also stakeholders, as is the community as a whole. The involvement of stakeholders in early childhood development is vital.

There are four categories of stakeholders:

Users

Users are those who will use the products of the project or a programme. They are the beneficiaries of the output. For example, in an ECCE programme, the users are children and their parents.

Governance Stakeholders

Auditors, regulators, health and safety executives are some examples of people who can be categorized as governance stakeholders. They are people who have an interest in how things are managed in the programme.

Influencers

The rules, regulation, policies of the government and specific needs of the family and community among others, influence what they need for their children. They are people who have the ability to change the programme being run by the preschool.

Providers

  • It is evident that it is the school which provides the structured facilities for promoting learning and development of children. Providers include the management, staff and anyone else contributing to the services that benefit children.
  • All ECCE centers must ensure and plan to enhance the stakeholders՚ participation in the running the center. They must regularly formulate guidelines to be followed by all the providers.
  • A good ECCE center includes in the teachers՚ work schedules time to work with parents. The teachers should be trained on how to work with parents and appreciate the need to work in collaboration. The parents need to be informed about the importance of their involvement and contributions. The teachers must keep parents informed about curriculum and how they can assist at home.
  • Stakeholders ′ participation is therefore vital in the early stages of children ′ s education because of the impact it has on later education results.

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