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Fatimah is working in the ECEC sector, where she has been employed for the past 2 years. Having recently completed her Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching, she needs to gain teacher accreditation but has been having some problems finding the time to complete the compulsory requirements. She is also unsure of the correct process to follow. Fatimah visits the Department of Education website, where she can access a wealth of information about accreditation requirements, along with contact details for governing and accreditation bodies, such as NESA.

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6 months later . . .

Fatimah has uploaded all the required documentation she requires to receive her full accreditation. She feels a sense of accomplishment knowing that she has trained to one of the highest levels within her field. Having the support of her employer, and the assistance of the Department of Education, through this process relieved a lot of the anxiety she was feeling. Fatimah feels valued as a staff member and a sector employee. Fatimah is happy with the position she holds in her local service and hopes to be able to mentor other educators who will be seeking accreditation in the future.

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Suzanna completed her Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and is working as a lead educator, a role she has held for several years. During the pandemic, she and her husband Thomas and their 3 children relocated to regional NSW. While Thomas works remotely from their home, Suzanna struggles to find suitable childcare for her children and ongoing work in the local area. Suzanna decides she would like to open a Family Day Care but needs assistance.

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1 year later . . .

Suzanna operates a thriving Family Day Care which provides quality care for many of the farming families in her local area. She set up her business after visiting the Department of Education website, which is full of useful information for people looking to open their own service or expand on an already existing service. By opening her own Family Day Care, Suzanne has control over the hours she works and maintains a healthy work/l1 year later . . .

Suzanna operates a thriving Family Day Care which provides quality care for many of the farming families in her local area. She set up her business after visiting the Department of Education website, which is full of useful information for people looking to open their own service or expand on an already existing service. By opening her own Family Day Care, Suzanne has control over the hours she works and maintains a healthy work/life balance. She loves being able to work from home and, through her work, she has developed strong relationships with the working families in her local community. Suzanna has a deep understanding of the issues which impact the availability of ECEC services in regional and remote areas and is exploring avenues to connect with and mentor other existing and prospective ECEC educators.ife balance. She loves being able to work from home and, through her work, she has developed strong relationships with the working families in her local community. Suzanna has a deep understanding of the issues which impact the availability of ECEC services in regional and remote areas and is exploring avenues to connect with and mentor other existing and prospective ECEC educators.

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Dylan is a proud Gamilaraay man, living in regional NSW. He loves working in the ECEC sector and is employed at an Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) with a large contingent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children enrolled. Dylan has been employed in the sector for 15 years and his position as an Early Childhood Teacher (ECT) gives him the opportunity to mentor and educate children about their cultural heritage. He enjoys conducting story time in the traditional language of country, which is a great opportunity for his youngest learners to develop deep cultural connections to each other and community.

Dylan is also passionate about providing specialised services for regional children enrolled at his OSHC. After hosting a yarning circle with parents and members of the local community, including Elders and council, he identifies that there is a shortage of educators who are skilled in working with children with special needs. Dylan enrols in a Master of Special and Inclusive Education (specialising in Early Childhood), so that he can work with children in his local area who would benefit from having an inclusive education expert that can assist children who have learning difficulties.

Dylan applies for the Early Childhood Inclusive Education Scholarship Program and is awarded $20,000 to complete his studies. Studying online means Dylan can continue working in his local OSHC while completing his master's and the scholarship allows him to reduce his hours so he can focus on data collection. Dylan tailors his work to focus on developing better access to train ECT’s educating children in remote areas. Many of these educators do not have the same access to educational opportunities as their peers in metro areas and traditional delivery platforms don’t always work for people studying remotely.

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1 year from now....

Completing his specialisation, Dylan’s OSHC is better equipped to cater for children with special needs and Dylan is enjoying tailoring programs which help them to thrive in the ECEC space. Additionally, children with special needs also feel looked after, and are more engaged in their learning. Dylan is also looking to establish a community of practice with other educators in the local area. Some of these are new to the profession and are seeking mentorship, others are highly skilled professionals like Dylan who are keen to support other staff and help them to grow their knowledge. Dylan is planning to continue researching and would like to complete a PhD which looks specifically at regional and remote services and the needs of children with special needs who are enrolled at these services.

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