Author Affiliation, Ana.
Caribbean Child Development Centre
Developing an early childhood profession in the Caribbean
Caribbean childhoods: From research to action: Journal of the children's issues coalition
Date of Publication
Briefly reviews the training of early childhood caregivers and teachers in the English speaking Caribbean, and reflects on recent moves to more systematically 'raise the bar' for these workers who literally shape the Caribbean future within their largely overcrowded and under resourced classrooms and child care centres. Training for early childhood workers in most Caribbean territories has consisted primarily of short courses and in service workshops that do not articulate with higher level opportunities. The increasing body of international and local research which documents the critical foundation blocks of character, capacity and performance laid by multiple factors before primary school age, has prodded Caribbean governments to re-visit the capacity building needs of the pre-primary 'masons' of these foundation blocks. One such re-examination began within a grant aided project of the University of the West Indies. This paper examines the process of this project's curriculum development tasks with a team of early childhood specialists; the lessons learned in moving the concept of formal national certification for early childhood workers through barriers of thinking and practice into broadly accepted policy. The growing interest, from other countries of the Caribbean in establishing occupational standards and certification systems is addressed.....