Piron: More assistant caregivers from national, civil service to be assigned to pre-schools

Education minister announces that an additional caregiver will be assigned to pre-schools with more than 20 children aged three.

February 18, 2014 17:12
1 minute read.
Shai Piron

Education Minister Shai Piron.. (photo credit: Courtesy Education Ministry )


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

An additional caregiver will be assigned to any pre-school class with more than 20 children aged three beginning in the (2014-15) academic year, Education Minister Shai Piron announced.

The program will cost an estimated NIS 44 million a year and is the result of “continued cooperation” between the Education and Finance ministries, the Education Ministry said late Monday night.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

A pilot program at 450 preschools in the formal education framework is already receiving the additional assistance this year.

Next year, 1,200 assistant caregivers, young women from the national or civil service programs, will be assigned to additional pre-schools, and in the 2015-16 academic year another 400 women will join, completing the implementation of the plan.

The Education Ministry said it allocated the 1,600 positions to provide an “ideal response” to the needs of pre-schools and of children aged three.

The women will undergo professional training before joining the pre-schools. The ministry said it sees them as “reservists” for teaching in schools and pre-schools.

In addition, under an arrangement with teacher education colleges, the women will be able to study and take professional courses during their service that will provide academic credits should they continue studying teacher education following their service.

Piron thanked Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Deputy Education Minister Avraham Wortzman for their partnership in the project and for their efforts to advance early childhood initiatives.

Related Content

August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night