Sector Development Program

The Sector Development Program supports the early childhood education workforce through the provision of free training, support and resources to build sector capacity in alignment with Government priorities.

2016/17 Sector Development Program

The priorities for the 2016/17 program are:

  • Increasing the participation of 4 and 5 year old children enrolled in 600 hours of quality early childhood education in the year before school
  • Supporting an increase in enrolments of children aged 3 and above from Aboriginal and Low income families
  • Supporting children in community preschools from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The following organisations provide Sector Development programs this year. They will deliver a range of resources and support including face to face training, webinars, print based and or other resources.

Details of each program are below:

Ngroo Education Incorporated

Ngroo Education Incorporated facilitates a program to encourage services to increase enrolments for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children under the Start Strong initiative.

The program is based on the ‘Walking Together' model, which listens to the needs of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal stakeholders. It combines cultural education training, a cultural audit and an action plan for services to prepare to respectfully engage with the local Aboriginal community to achieve increased enrolments for each child to attend early childhood education for 600 hours per year.

The emphasis is on breaking down barriers and forming respectful and meaningful relationships.

Services are invited to participate in the program.

Ethnic Community Services Co-operative

The Ethnic Community Services Co-operative (ECSC) program assists children from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), refugee or Aboriginal background who need help settling in to a preschool program. Eligible services and staff receive direct assistance to enable inclusion of these children through a Bicultural support program.

The Bicultural Support program provides targeted language and cultural assistance to children, families and educators. A trained and qualified educator attends the preschool and works with the child for up to 12 hours over a period of weeks.

ECSC has over 400 workers representing over 100 different cultural and linguistically backgrounds, including Aboriginal cultures available to facilitate this support.

Services requesting support can contact ECSC directly.

Email:  biculturalsupport@ecsc.org.au

Phone:  9569 1288

Web:  http://ecsc.org.au/our-programs/bicultural-support/bicultural-support-for-preschools


Previously, the following organisations provided Sector Development Program services in 2015/16 and have produced a range of resources for educators and services. See below for details.

Community Connections Solutions Australia  (CCSA)

Resources for: Community preschools, mobile preschools, long day care

Visit the legislation and NQF page of the CCSA website to download the following free resources produced under the Sector Development Program:

"Legislation and the National Quality Framework: strengthening your self-assessment processes to ensure compliance and promote quality improvement" includes a series of powerpoints, resource guides and webinars.

Visit the social enterprise page of the CCSA website to download the following free resources produced under the Sector Development Program:

Social Enterprise: Preschool management and sustainability 

PowerPoint Presentations:

  • Social Enterprise: Preschool management and sustainability
  • Organisational Leadership: a shared role
  • Innovation: not invention but improvement
  • Measuring up: I'll show you what we've done
  • Resource Guide: Social Enterprise: Preschool management and sustainability

Recorded webinars:

  • Webinar 1 - Organisational Leadership: a shared role 
  • Webinar 2 - Innovation: not invention but improvement 
  • Webinar 3 - Measuring up: I'll show you what we've done

Gowrie NSW

Resources for: Community preschools, long day care

Visit the Gowrie NSW website to download the following free resources produced under the Sector Development Program:

  • Continuous improvement fact sheet
  • Team meeting kit on engaging your team in reflective practice: step-by-step guide and meeting tools (including slides)

Mobile Children's Services Association (MCSA)

Resources for: Mobile preschools

Visit the MCSA website  to download the following free resources produced under the Sector Development Program:

  • Putting Vitality Back Into Viability
  • Family Engagement Handbook
  • Grant Writing 101
  • Reach A Little Further Part 1: Building inclusion strategies in a mobile setting
  • Reach A Little Further Part 2: Building inclusion strategies in a mobile setting
  • Unlocking Your Service Story

Network of Community Activities

Resources for: Outside school hours care

Visit the Network website to download the following free resources produced under the Sector Development Program:

  • Management Matters newsletters
  • Regulations Revealed
  • Medical Conditions – risk management strategies
  • Guide to using the QIP template

Resources for: Family day care

Visit the NSW Family Day Care website to download the following free resources produced under the Sector Development Program:

  • Sustainability Webinar
  • Quality Improvement Toolkit
  • Child Safe Toolkit

Ngroo Education Incorporated (Ngroo)

Resources for: all service types

The following resources were created by the Elders and Aboriginal staff at Ngroo as part of the Walking Together Program. We thank them for sharing their knowledge.

Walking Together is a comprehensive program of social change needed for Aboriginal families to feel included, through which their Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal early childhood staff guide services. Participating services in 2015/16 were from the Gosford/Wyong and Dapto/Port Kembla areas, and were selected by the Department in close consultation with Ngroo.  

The Northern Sydney Institute, TAFE NSW

Resources for: Outside school hours care, family day care.

Click on the links below to download the following free resources produced under the Sector Development Program:

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