The stage of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) is globally acknowledged as crucial in the life of a child as the brain develops rapidly during this period. Thus, an enabling and stimulating environment in these foundation stages makes a positive impact in the child’s long-term development and learning. When the workforce in the education systems is adequately recruited, selected, supervised, and adequately rewarded, then they remain committed to the job and improve the quality of the teaching-learning process.
The study examined the current status, best practices and challenges of SHRM such as Staffing, Professional Development, Teacher Evaluation and Teacher Rewards as well as the quality of early childhood care and education (ECCE) including Accessibility, Diversity, Inclusivity, Infrastructure Facilities, Availability of Resources, Play-Based Pedagogy and Holistic Development of children in three ECCE government-managed agencies (Schools of Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Sarvodaya Schools under Directorate and Anganwadis) in South Delhi District. The concurrent triangulation mixed method design was adopted for this research.
The findings revealed that the quality standards of ECCE and strategic human resource management (SHRM) practices in Sarvodaya schools under the Directorate of Education were better as compared to the Schools of Municipal Corporation of Delhi and Anganwadis. The major challenges however observed were high teacher-pupil ratio, lack of tables, chairs and outdoor space, lack of pre-primary teachers, vacant positions, lack of assistants, additional administrative and survey/election related workload and lack of reward and recognition for their efforts.
Mansi Pandey, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, India
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