WiFF - Advancing Further Education of Early Childhood Professionals
Education in Early Childhood

WiFF - Advancing Further Education of Early Childhood Professionals

A program from the Federal Ministry for Education and Research and the Robert Bosch Stiftung in cooperation with the German Youth Institute.

In January 2009, the project WiFF - Advancing Further Education of Early Childhood Professionals was launched. Following the program "PiK - Professionals in Daycare Centers," with this initiative, the Robert Bosch Stiftung continues in its commitment to professionalizing childhood-education teachers in Germany.

Today, qualified professionals in daycare centers are faced with many new challenges. Examples of this are the enacted curricula of all the federal states, the expansion of daycare facilities for children under three years of age, the high percentage of children with an immigrant background, and the further development of daycare facilities at family centers. So that qualified childhood-education staff can manage this increased range of responsibilities, additional qualification measures are necessary which build upon their already acquired degree.

In the area of childhood education, WiFF develops further-education content which provides a basis for consensus as well as models for the acceptance of high-quality further education based on educational achievements. The project's goal is to improve the quality, transparency, and permeability of the childhood further-education system for which 340,000 qualified staff members already work. The nationwide quality-development process actively includes current initiatives from the federal states as well as providers of further education and training, and advocates the networking of all participants. In developing high-quality services, WiFF provides supporters and providers of further education with assistance and orientation via an Internet portal.