Martha Mattingly: A Life to Celebrate; a Legacy to Implement

Dr. Martha Mattingly, Professor Emeritus of Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, died on February 4, 2013. Martha leaves a legacy which contributed to the development of the Child and Youth Care profession in significant ways. Among her contributions is leadership in writing and implementing the Association of Child and Youth Care Practitioners … Read more

The Benefits and Downsides of Undertaking a Distance Learning Degree in Early Childhood Studies

The introduction of a distance learning degree for early childhood workers was not only an interesting innovation but also fitted in with the lifestyle of many early years workers. There was the opportunity for people to enhance their learning and qualifications whilst not needing to attend a university to do so. It was also an … Read more

Reflections on Training and Recruitment within the Children and Young People Sector in the UK

I was having a conversation recently with a group of people involved in the sector. One was an assistant in a state school nursery and also a counsellor for the older children who exhibit behavioural or other challenges which may create disruption in the classroom. Another worked with children and young people as a playwork … Read more

Training and Education: A Message from Valerie Jackson

A few months ago, an invitation went out to our readers to let us know, if they were professionals working with children and/or young people in whatever capacity, to contact us and inform us about the qualifications and training within their countries. We didn’t receive a particularly positive response. In fact there were about three … Read more

Training and Education in Child Care

In the 80s, there were huge shifts in child awareness. There was the incredibly forward-facing Childline* which gave children and young people anonymity whilst they talked out their experiences of being abused or rejected by those who should have loved and protected them. There were the significant names of small children who were in the … Read more