PIECCE (Project for Inclusive Early Childhood Care and Education) will result in new educator programmes for ECD practitioners. In an effort to contribute to the professionalisation of the sector by increasing access to training, a consortium of ten universities, four NGOs, and two TVET colleges are working collaboratively to develop Standardised Programme Frameworks for the ECCE Diploma and BEd at level six and seven. PIECCE kicked off with a research workshop hosted by Rhodes University in February 2017.
The workshop plotted a way forward for the research review output of PIECCE, which will be a literature review, case studies and a research report on the current status of ECD programmes. Project partners worked together to unpack literature review topics against key concepts, to design a checklist for analysis of programmes for quality ECD and to examine research tools to gather data. Additionally, partners familiarised themselves with some of the mechanisms BRIDGE has put in place to drive and track collaboration throughout the course of the project.
The project is funded by the European Union and the Department of Higher Education and Training and is being led by UNISA, Saide, BRIDGE and the Centre for Social Development at Rhodes University.
There will be opportunities at key points throughout the project for the wider sector to provide input into the project, so watch this space!