Bulgaria grows with its children: Building professional competences of the early childhood workforce
The topic of people working directly with children and families in the health, education and social work stands out when looking for sustainable solutions to challenges faced in early childhood care and education. This topic is even more important in Bulgaria given the workforce shortage in these sectors as well as the low indicators of reach of healthcare, early childhood education and care, and social protection to children.
This study presents data from the experience of 461 specialists working directly with children and families, and outlines main directions for improvement of the professionalisation of the early years workforce in three areas: initial education, professional development and working conditions. In addition, also formulates recommendations for policy development in this area.