ILO Policy Guidelines on the promotion of decent work for early childhood education personnel

Source: International Labour Organization (ILO), 2013

The Meeting of Experts on Policy Guidelines on the Promotion of Decent Work for Early Childhood Education Personnel was held in Geneva from 12 to 15 November 2013.

The Meeting was attended by five experts from the Governments, five experts nominated by the Employers’ group of the Governing Body, and five experts nominated by the Workers’ group of the Governing Body, as well as by 34 Government and ten Worker observers. There were seven observers from intergovernmental organizations and international non-governmental organizations.

The Meeting adopted the ILO Policy Guidelines on the promotion of decent work for early childhood education personnel.

These Guidelines set out principles for the promotion of decent work for early childhood education (ECE) personnel as a means of ensuring universal access to high-quality ECE services. In this respect they cover conditions of work and employment of ECE personnel and related issues, including ECE financing, curricula and learning practices, social security, professional ethics and ECE governance systems.

The Guidelines are meant to serve as a reference tool on principles that should be reflected in the design and implementation of ECE measures such as policies, strategies, legislation, administrative measures and social dialogue mechanisms, including collective bargaining agreements. The Guidelines can be implemented progressively to achieve their objectives so as to take account of different national settings, cultures, and social, economic and political contexts….

Related:
Meeting of Experts on Policy Guidelines on the Promotion of Decent Work for Early Childhood Education Personnel – Final Report
Source: International Labour Organization (ILO), Sectoral Activities Department, MEECE/2013/10, 2014

Fair play: decent work for early childhood educators
Source: Oliver Liang, International Labour Organization (ILO), Work in Progress blog, April 17, 2014

Early childhood education plays a critical role in the lives of many families. It helps parents to continue working while equipping children with essential learning tools. But early childhood educators too often lack decent working conditions with longer hours, less pay and fewer benefits than other teachers.