Rural and remote forum brings community together

Rural and remote forum brings community together

The CCSA Rural and Remote Forum was held in March in Dubbo,  bringing together all early childhood service types to hear from sector experts and leading academics about the latest research into early childhood education in a rural and remote setting.

Attended by approximately 200 delegates from across NSW and Australia, the event was the first of its kind, and was sponsored by the department to ensure the program best met the needs of participants.

NSW Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell attended the event to meet with providers and educators, and in her presentation, acknowledged the additional challenges in delivering quality services in regional and remote areas and the government’s ongoing commitment to children in these communities.

The forum was opened by media personality Stan Grant, with presentations by Commonwealth Education  Minister Dan Tehan, the department showcased the data from their Families Research project, with author Mem Fox participating in an interactive early childhood panel.

A department spokesperson said engaging with other professionals at these national events helps educators sustain and renew their commitment to early childhood education leadership and their communities.

The department also supplied travel subsidies for educators living in rural and remote areas to attend, continuing to support the sector to improve teaching and educational practice for the long term benefit of children.

The CCSA Rural and Remote Forum was billed as “an important opportunity to have your voice heard” and from all reports, gave participants a chance to hear relevant content and learn directly from the experts, as well as share experiences with other educators and peers.



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