A CHILD welfare group has recommended that kindergarten teachers be provided with more training before they actually start teaching, following a survey released yesterday on training and early childhood workforce in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Council on Early Childhood Education and Services (CECES) suggested that the current model of in-service teacher training for pre-schools should be changed to one based on pre-service with in-service training. A two-year, full-time, pre-service diploma, should be the basic training towards a full professional qualification in both child-care and kindergarten. Also the Government should set up or subsidise, for at least three years, some model early childhood centres, which provide integrated services for children from birth to five or six years of age. The centres should be models in areas such as curriculum, staffing and standards of good early childhood practice. Investigations on the current courses and their relationship to service provision, as well as the existing training curriculums and how these programmes matched were included in the survey. Over 1,250 teachers and child-care workers as well as 33 policy-makers were interviewed. Most of them agreed changes had to be made to existing training courses for both child-care and kindergarten. ''The current training for the early childhood workforce is segmented, unco-ordinated and unrelated. Any further modification of existing courses would only be a continuance of a 'band-aid' treatment of the problem. ''What is needed is a complete reworking of the workforce training model or approach which places emphasis on pre-service training,'' the report stated. CECES, an independent charity which provides welfare services for children under eight years old and their parents, recommended in the survey that all new pre-school teachers should be formally trained. ''From September 1996 or before, all new professional staff must have completed and received an award for a stipulated training programme prior to entering the workforce. ''The short courses of six weeks for child-care and 12-week courses for assistant kindergarten teachers should be phased out as soon as possible, the latest by 1994.'' The courses should be flexible and held in the evenings, Saturdays or by the distance learning mode in order to make upgrading accessible to existing teachers and child-care workers, it suggested. CECES believes the Government should bear more responsibility in pre-school training. Currently, the Government provides considerable financial resources to training programmes, however, the CECES said ''it is not getting value for its money''. ''If it had a more professional and better-trained workforce it would not need the size of the licensing or inspectorial staff it presently supports.'' It hopes parity in status between primary and early childhood training be achieved as quickly as possible, and the status, image and content of early childhood courses be improved. ''The Government should prepare publications to increase community understanding and awareness of the inter-related nature of kindergarten and child-care, and that both have common aims irrespective of their administrative structure,'' it concluded.