Sector development program

The sector development program supports the early childhood education workforce by offering free training, support and resources to build the capacity of services in line with NSW priorities.

The sector development program benefits the early childhood education sector by assisting services to provide programs which support staff development and to enhance their capabilities. The program includes providing new reference and training materials, guidance on the 600-hour business operating model, and how to develop inclusive practices that support the diverse needs of children.

Current programs:

Professional development opportunities

Based on feedback from the sector, three training courses are available free of charge to staff from approved eligible services, with a focus on the following topic areas:

Governance and Compliance

This program provides professional learning on Governance and Compliance. The session aims to enable services to comply with regulation through the development of sound governance and reporting including:

  • funding and financial management
  • board management
  • leadership development
  • governance processes

This course is available to community preschools including mobile preschools.

To find out more and register visit the CCSA website.

Assessment and Rating

This program provides a professional learning opportunity on the National Quality Framework (NQF): Assessment and Ratings. The session aims to enable all education and care services to:

  • better understand and prepare for assessment and rating visits
  • communicate what assessment and rating involves for staff
  • communicate assessment and rating to families
  • access and use available resources on assessment and ratings

Completing the Assessment and Rating session will contribute to 6 hours of NESA endorsed training.

This course is available to all children's education and care service types.

To find out more and register visit the CELA website.

Learning through Play

This program delivers professional development training to provide early childhood educators with strategies to foster children?s social, communication and cognitive skills through play. The training will explore the benefits of play-based environments, looking at practical, inspiring strategies to foster curiosity, creativity, imagination and problem-solving skills with young children.

Participants will gain a greater understanding behind the complexities of developing children?s language, cognitive and social behaviours and reflect on how to embed learning through play concepts into their practice and programming.

Completing Learning through Play training will contribute to 5 hours of NESA endorsed training if attending the two-part webinar series or, 6 hours if attending the full day face to face training session.

This course is available to all children?s education and care service types.

To find out more and register visit the ECTARC website.

Start Strong Community Safety Net

The Community Safety program will provide a mechanism to establish early childhood education programs in very remote regions of NSW currently without access to early education.

Bicultural Support program

The Bicultural Support program has been developed to support community preschools to assist with the inclusion of children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), refugee or Aboriginal backgrounds. The program is delivered by the Ethnic Community Services Co-operative.

The program is designed to offer language and cultural assistance to children, families and educators, to support inclusive cultural practice in preschools. A nominated support worker attends the preschool where support is requested and works with the child, family and educators to help the child settle in. Twenty hours of Bicultural Support is available to help a child settle into the preschool.

The program is designed to assist preschools by raising awareness of cultural practices, ensuring better communication between children, families, educators and early childhood services and supporting children in their transition to school.

This course is available to community preschools including mobile preschools.

To find out more and apply, visit the Ethnic Community Services Co-operative website.

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