In our newsletter we have shared regular updates on PIECCE, the Project for Inclusive Early Childhood Care and Education. This project is funded by the European Union (EU) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), with the overall aim of producing a standardised Programme Framework for a Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) and a B Ed Degree in ECCE. The framework will bring some commonality between teacher education programmes offered by different universities, in the interests of professionalising the ECD sector. A unique feature of the project is that the work is being undertaken through a multi-stakeholder consortium, made up of ten universities, four NGOs, and two TVET colleges. BRIDGE is one of the NGOs in the consortium, with a particular responsibility for tracking the collaborative processes throughout the project.
An exciting milestone for the project was the first convening of the PIECCE Community of Practice (CoP) in September 2017. While PIECCE is itself a multi-stakeholder consortium, the PIECCE CoP is one mechanism through which the project can communicate with a larger circle of stakeholders. The CoP provides an opportunity to cut across the barriers that have been created in the ECD sector, and provides a space in which issues such as quality training and progression pathways in ECCE teacher education can be debated. At the very least, information about articulation between training and qualification pathways can be shared between those working at different levels, namely NGOs, training providers, TVETs and HEIs.
The meeting also gave PIECCE members an opportunity to discuss work done so far, and to share the knowledge products generated by the project. These include a brochure giving information on the project; an overview of the findings and recommendations of the baseline research process on teacher education in ECD; a report on the PIECCE CoP; and a report on a panel discussion on articulation between ECD qualification pathways for ECD practitioners from NQF Level 3 to NQF Level 7.
Click here to read the report on the PIECCE Community of Practice meeting,
Click here to see the Research Review Knowledge Product,
Click here to see the Qualifications Panel Discussion Knowledge Product.