Workforce Action Plan 2016-2019
The Workforce Action Plan (WAP) 2016-2019 1.1M aims to improve the capacity of Queensland's early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce to deliver quality outcomes for children.
One of the most significant contributors to quality ECEC service provision is an educated and skilled workforce.
While considerable progress has been made in upskilling Queensland's ECEC workforce, there is more work to do.
Demand for more child care places, coupled with the need to meet qualification requirements and educator-to-child ratios, continues to present challenges for Queensland's more than 2,700 approved services - especially those in rural and remote locations.
Extensive sector consultation undertaken as part of the WAP Review has helped to determine today's workforce issues and provide direction around what will be needed in the future.
The WAP responds specifically to priority issues identified during consultation, and is designed to be flexible and responsive to emerging issues as the sector continues to adapt to change.
Stakeholder engagement will be essential throughout the life of the plan to continually refine our understanding of what works and ensure that support is effectively targeted.
Together we can continue to work to build a workforce that supports quality education and care for all children and their families.
The WAP sets out initiatives in each of three priority action areas:
- Being valued
Key WAP initiatives include:
- Queensland's first ECEC careers campaign - Inspire the future. Choose a career in early childhood.
An exciting new campaign using modern multimedia approaches to highlight early childhood career opportunities to new entrants, career changers and existing ECEC staff.
- Subsidies from the Queensland Government for approved courses through pre-approved training providers, including the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (through the Certificate III Guarantee), and the Diplomas in Early Childhood Education and Care and School Age Education and Care (through the Higher Level Skills program), as well as fee-free training for Year 12 graduates.
- New industry-endorsed and nationally recognised subsidised skills sets to address priority skills gaps, in team leadership, supporting children and families with complex needs, and building inclusive practices.
- The Early Years Connect service - a new 'one-stop shop' of online resources and face-to-face professional development for educators working with children with additional needs, including children with disability and complex emotional and social behaviours.
- A new subsidy for the successful Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program, providing a fast-track route to an approved early childhood teaching qualification for registered primary teachers.
- Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership development in early childhood education and care services through targeted professional development programs.
- Support for teachers in the early years of schooling to focus on age-appropriate pedagogies.
Further new initiatives that will be rolled out over the coming months:
- A Growing Our Own project, providing targeted study support for rural and remote educators undertaking approved ECEC qualifications. Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualified educators in rural and remote services will also have the opportunity to apply for new Early Childhood Teaching Scholarships.
- Targeted support will also be available for Indigenous educators studying approved qualifications in remote communities through the Indigenous Remote Support Coordination project.
Keep up-to-date with the WAP
The department will continue to work with the sector to produce annual WAP reports, track progress of the plan and identify priorities for implementation.
Be sure to bookmark this page to keep up-to-date on the progress of the WAP as well as full details of new initiatives as they become available.
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This page was last reviewed on 22 Feb 2016 at 02:50PM