This week marks the completion of the second cycle of a unique training course, initiated and operated by the Agnes & Beny Steinmetz Foundation. The course was designed to train prospective managers of Early Childhood Services, which will be operating in local authorities throughout Israel. The Foundation, which has been involved with promoting early childhood services for a decade, launched the course – the first of its kind in the country – one year ago.
The Early Childhood Services Manager position is a new role. Although not yet statutory, it is already implemented in numerous authorities. The Foundation aspires to establish an Early Childhood Services Department in every local authority in Israel, and for it to be led by a professional who is capable of managing and promoting its deliverables effectively, for the benefit of children and their families.
The course was developed by the Agnes & Beny Steinmetz Foundation after we realized that there was a shortage of candidates with in-depth knowledge in the field of child services, and who understand the organizational and managerial complexities it entails.
In the local authorities where the Foundation operates, Early Childhood Services Managers have been appointed, and substantial insights into what the role requires have already been gained. This is why every session of the course takes place in a different local authority, and is delivered by people with front-line experience.
The first cycle of the course was successfully completed last year, and a considerable number of its participants have since been appointed to key positions in the field of early childhood services.
In light of the success of the first course cycle, the Foundation decided to run the program again, and its second cycle will be concluded this week. We are really excited about this ongoing journey, and it looks like the course will offered again next year..