Professional Childcare Workers: Focus on Enhancing Competence

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Professional Childcare Workers: Focus on Enhancing Competence
Specifications: ISBN  978-4332510529
192 pages
14.8 x 21.0 cm / 5.9 x 8.4 in (WxH)
Category: Academic & Science
Publisher: Kouseikan Co., Ltd.
Tokyo, 2016
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The professionalism and training of childcare workers have been discussed extensively in many quarters, and yet the concerns involved may not yet be well understood, even by those aspiring to the field. As education and care services for infants and small children are experiencing sustained growth, there seems to be an unfortunate view that a license or other qualification is all that a worker need have. The aim of this book is to broaden understanding of the professionalism demanded of each kind of childcare worker.

With preschool education and care services in Japan undergoing a major transition following implementation of a new law in 2015, this book examines the need for each childcare worker—whether kindergarten teacher, nursery school teacher, or daycare provider—to proactively build his or her competencies. It discusses the forms of training available, and addresses such topics as the new law, the changing nature of childcare work, and specific personal qualities needed for success, as well as continuing education, what the day is like for each kind of worker, curriculum management, record keeping, teaching methods, and more.

About the Authors
Mitsuko Kaminaga is a professor at Kokugakuin University. Her fields of specialization are early childhood education and childcare studies.

Hideki Yukawa works in the Elementary and Secondary Education Bureau of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as a Schools Supervisor and a Senior Specialist for Curriculum.

Miyuki Suzuki is a professor in the Department of Child Development and Education at Wayō Women’s University.

Fumihito Yamashita is an associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education and Care at Kōchi Gakuen College.