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Continuing professional development of early years managers and practitioners working with children under 3 years of age: technical report

Condie, Rae and Seagraves, Liz and Fee, J. and Henry, Jacqueline (2009) Continuing professional development of early years managers and practitioners working with children under 3 years of age: technical report. [Report]

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Abstract

This research into CPD provision for those working with children under 3 years of age was undertaken in the context of the National Review of the Early Years and Childcare Workforce (Scottish Executive, 2006) and the Scottish Parliamentary response (2006) which emphasised that: 'the area which requires most urgent investment is improving the skills level of the workforce, and that although further investment is required in the 3-5 sector, the under 3 sector is the most immediate priority' (SPEC, 2006, para 16). The findings of the research are interpreted in the light of the Standard for Childcare Practice (QAA, 2007) and the more recently published Early Years Framework (Scottish Government, 2008). The Early Years Framework defines early years as pre-birth to 8 years, though it highlights the need for 'a renewed focus on 0-3' (p5).