Extra support to early childhood
Early childhood education and care staff in NSW will receive training and financial support to gain formal qualifications to meet the National Quality Framework requirements.
Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli launched the new training strategy New Skills: Quality Care during a visit to the Ourimbah campus of the University of Newcastle and TAFE NSW Hunter Institute.
Mr Piccoli said the strategy would assist experienced staff in gaining their qualifications faster through recognition of prior learning and experience. The new strategy provides education and training cost subsidies for those yet to receive any formal qualifications.
"New Skills: Quality Care has been developed in conjunction with the Community Services and Health Industry Training Advisory Body that will assist the estimated 8,500 NSW workers who will need to gain a qualification," Mr Piccoli said.
From January 2014 educators in early childhood education and care services will need to hold, or be working towards, a Certificate III level qualification. In addition, 50 per cent or more of staff in centre-based services will need to hold, or be working towards, at least a Diploma level qualification.
Mr Piccoli said subsidised training is available at NSW TAFE institutes or with specifically approved registered training organisations. Where it is needed staff will also have the opportunity to improve their basic skills with subsidised language, literacy and numeracy training.
"The strategy also assists managers and proprietors of preschools, family day care or long day care centres with information about how they can receive financial incentives to contribute to the costs of training their staff," he said.
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Any early childhood educator needing to undertake education and training, or anybody wanting to start a career in early childhood education and care, should contact State Training Services, T: 13 28 11.