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.

Program benefits

The program helps services support staff development. It provides:

  • new reference and training materials
  • guidance on the 600-hour business operating model
  • information on developing inclusive practices that support the diverse needs of children.

We’re currently offering the following training for staff from approved eligible services:

Sleep and rest

This course provides professional development and training on safe sleep and rest practices. It will help reduce the risk to children in care, by building on the understanding and skills of educators on safe sleep and rest practices. Topics include:
  • sleep and rest requirements in services, including the National Quality Framework
  • implementing safe sleep and rest practices in services
  • influences sleep and rest has on growth and development
  • respecting the rights of the child.

Available to

Registrations for the course are currently full; participants are able to register their interest for the course via the waiting list.

Course delivery method

Interactive online webinars, resource booklet and workbook.

More information and registration

Visit the ECTARC website.

Family Day Care Educators (PD in your Pocket)

This training provides professional development for Family Day Care (FDC) educators, responding directly to the learning needs identified by services. It will cover areas important to the development of family day care educators such as:

  • learning in FDC
  • how to support the development of self-regulation skills for children in FDC
  • critical Reflection as a FDC educator.

Available to

This training is available to family day care services in New South Wales.

Course delivery method

This course will be delivered online as a series of webinars. Participants will also receive resource booklets and further reading recommendations.

More information and registration

Visit the NSW Family Day Care Association website.

Mentoring and Coaching for new Early Childhood Teachers

This course provides opportunities for Early Childhood teachers to link with mentors in the Early Childhood Education sector to meet and network across the sector, all while guided by a professional Master mentor.

The program will offer mentors:

  • professional development course on mentoring (20 hours)
  • development opportunity
  • guidance by Master mentors.

The program will offer mentees:

  • professional development course (20 hours)
  • ongoing guidance throughout the program to support your development and confidence.

Available to

This course is due to be completed in late 2021 and is no longer available for registration.

More information and registration

Visit the Macquarie University website.

Governance and Compliance

This professional development initiative will assist early childhood education and care services to comply with regulation through the development of sound governance and reporting procedures.

Available to

This course is available to all early childhood education and care services in New South Wales.

Course delivery method

Interactive webinars and an online learning portal.

More information and registration

Visit the Community Early Learning Australia website.

Transition to School

This course will focus on building the skills and knowledge of educators on supporting all children transitioning to school. Topics will include:

  • formative & summative assessments: a practical guide on where to start
  • writing transition to school statements
  • supporting a child with additional needs and disability through the transition to school
  • building a transition to school strategy, developing a successful transition to school program and leading teams through the program.

Available to

This course is available to all early childhood education services delivering a preschool educational program in New South Wales.

Course delivery method

Interactive webinars and resource booklets.

More information and registration

Visit the Hunter Prelude Early Intervention Centre website.

Responding to Trauma

This course will deliver professional development training in the area of best-practice responses to trauma. Topics will involve:

  • recognising and responding to signs of trauma in children
  • strategies and resources to support cognitive, social and emotional skills for children who have experienced trauma
  • best-practice approaches on how children, families and the community can recover from trauma.

Available to

This course is available to all early childhood education and care services in New South Wales.

Course delivery method

Interactive webinars, online learning modules and resource booklets.

More information and registration

Visit the Australian Childhood Foundation website.

Early Childhood Inclusive Education

The training will provide guidance on the delivery of educational programs that focus on continuous improvement for children with disability and additional learning needs.

Webinar topics will include:

  • best practice examples of inclusive early childhood education
  • recording observations that demonstrate frequency, intensity and duration of educational supports required
  • planning for and implementing research-based individual Learning Plans for young children with disabilities/delays, in collaboration with their families and other professionals.

Available to

This course is available to all early childhood educators working in preschools, family day care and long day care services.

Course delivery method

Webinars and a peer network.

More information and registration

Visit the STaR Association website.

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