ACECQA Newsletter Issue 3 2017

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Leading through change

When it comes to change, some will see the glass as half full while others will view it as half empty. This month on We Hear You, we look at ways your service can lead through periods of change. 


Experts discuss parent engagement strategies 

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Empowering families is at the heart of the National Quality Framework. Inclusive and collaborative relationships with families enhance children’s development, wellbeing and learning outcomes.

The value of these relationships and the important role of families will be under the spotlight during the Parent Engagement Conference Australia in Melbourne on 6-8 June 2017. 

Hosted by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, together with The Smith Family, the conference will be an opportunity to hear examples of quality program practice from a variety of children’s education and care, school and community contexts, as well as the research and policy behind effective engagement strategies.

Starting Blocks, ACECQA’s family focused website, will exhibit at the event showcasing a range of resources for families. For a list of international keynote speakers and registration details, visit the conference website


Registration requirements for Early Childhood Teachers

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Registration is not a requirement for Early Childhood Teachers (ECTs) under the National Quality Framework (NQF) but it is a requirement under some state and territory legislation. See the table below for individual teacher registration or accreditation requirements in your state or territory, or contact your local teacher registration body for more information.

To work as an ECT under the NQF, you need to hold an approved early childhood teaching qualification. You can use the ACECQA online qualifications checker to see if your qualification is approved. If you do not hold an approved qualification and would like to see if you are recognised as equivalent to an early childhood teacher, visit the ACECQA website
 

Jurisdiction

ECT registration requirements

Contact your local teacher regulatory authority for more information

ACT

No registration requirements for ECTs in NQF settings that are not attached to an ACT school.

ACT Teacher Quality Institute

NSW

From 18 July 2016 ECTs have required teacher accreditation if working in centre-based NQF settings.

NSW Education Standards Authority (formerly BOSTES)

NT

Registration is not required for all ECTs. However, preschools
are attached to schools and as such require registration as a condition of employment. 

Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory

QLD

The Queensland College of Teachers does not require registration for ECTs in NQF settings. Some employers require teacher registration as a condition of employment.

Queensland College of Teachers

SA

Since 1976 all ECTs have been required to be registered. From 1 January 2014 all ECTs must be registered as teachers, including those working in NQF settings.

Teachers Registration Board of South Australia

TAS

Tasmanian kindergartens are part of Tasmanian schools and as such kindergarten teachers are required to hold teacher registration. Registration is not required for ECTs in NQF settings that are not kindergartens or schools.

Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania

VIC

Since 30 September 2015 all ECTs employed or engaged in the role of an ECT in an early childhood education and care service or Victorian Children’s Centre must be registered.

Victorian Institute of Teaching

WA

Since 6 December 2012 all ECTs must be registered.

Teacher Registration Board of  Western Australia


Registered or accredited teachers may be interested to note that ACECQA’s professional learning opportunities (including Quality Practice Workshops) are now mapped against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and ACECQA is a NSW Education Standards Authority endorsed professional development provider.


Guidance materials for family day care sector

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ACECQA is working with representatives from state, territory and the Australian governments to develop new and improved guidance for family day care providers, nominated supervisors, coordinators and educators. Throughout 2017, a range of new resources will be developed to support family day care providers and services.

A number of new information sheets and guides are now available for family day care educators, providers, nominated supervisors and coordinators. These focus on:

  • family day care educator compliance responsibilities
  • approved provider compliance responsibilities
  • nominated supervisor compliance responsibilities
  • assessments of family day care residences and venues
  • record keeping in family day care services.

These materials have been developed in consultation with a cross section of people working in the family day care sector and are designed to support you to understand your obligations and responsibilities under the National Law and National Regulations.

The full range of resources is available under the Family Day Care tab on the Information Sheets page on the ACECQA website.  


Early Learning STEM Australia pilot program

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The University of Canberra and the Australian Department of Education and Training have launched Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA), a play-based digital learning pilot program for preschool children to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The pilot program engages children through a series of apps for tablet devices, activities, workshops and a set of resources linked to the Early Years Learning Framework. Along with developing a program for early childhood settings, ELSA is also developing a suite of resources for families that connect children’s learning environments and experiences at home and their preschool.

Commencing in 2018, the program aims to work with a diverse range of preschools, kindergartens and long day care centres in urban, regional or remote areas in all states and territories. Expressions of interest are now open for the pilot, with applications closing 10 April 2017.

For more information about the program and eligibility guidelines, visit the ELSA website


Qualifications guidance updated on ACECQA website

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Qualifications guidance for educators and providers has been refreshed to improve the flow of information. Visit the Qualifications page to view this information.

We regularly update the information on our website to ensure it meets the needs of the people accessing our information. Email enquiries@acecqa.gov.au if you have any suggestions.