The initial education of preschool teachers is not conclusive and sufficient. They are required to acquire more and more knowledge and skills and therefore they need to continuously educate and deepen the quality of their own knowledge and skills for their educational work. It is important for preschool teachers to develop their professional identity and to fulfil their needs about further education and training. Further education and training of preschool teachers is also extremely important in order to ensure a quality educational process in kindergarten.
In the first part of the master´s thesis, we defined the initial and further education of preschool teachers. We discussed about the goals of further education and training, described the programs that further education and training offers and highlighted professional development as an important factor of further education and training. We also discussed about the impact of further education and training of preschool teachers on the quality of the kindergartens educational process.
In the second part of the master´s thesis, we presented and interpreted the results of an empirical research we did in Slovenia between preschool teachers and their assistants. We analysed the differences in opinions of preschool teachers and their assistants about further education and training and professional development. We found statistically significant differences in the opinions of preschool teachers and their assistants regarding to the need for further education and training, the reasons for participating in further education and training programs, the impact of further education and training content on their professional development, and on content that should be offered in the Catalogue of further education and training programs and would be relevant for kindergarten work. Statistically significant differences are also in the opinion of preschool teachers and their assistants regarding the factors that influence their professional development and reflections of their work.