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Play based curriculum to be translated into 10 languages

Ministers:

The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Minister for Early Childhood, Childcare and Youth
Minister for Employment Participation

Educators from non-English backgrounds will more easily be able to deliver best practice teaching programs and activities in child care centres and preschools following one-off Federal Government translation funding.

Early Childhood and Child Care Minister Kate Ellis made the announcement at tonight’s forum debate on child care in Sydney hosted by Community Child Care Co-operative New South Wales (CCCC NSW) which will receive the funding.

She said $118,000 would be provided to CCCC NSW to ensure more early childhood educators have access in their first language to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).

The Framework sets out the principles, practice and outcomes needed to support a young child’s learning and help them make the transition to school.

“There’s a clear English proficiency requirement for all educators across the early childhood sector,” Ms Ellis said.

“However, we also recognise that many of our outstanding educators come from non-English speaking countries and could benefit greatly from the centrepiece of our early learning reforms being translated to their language of origin.

“The Early Years Learning Framework will be translated into Arabic, Chinese, Dinka, Hindi, Korean, Spanish, Somali, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

“CCCC NSW and early childhood educators ran a strong campaign in support of the translation and I am very pleased to be able to announce today that we support it.

“The early childhood workforce is diverse, as are the families and children that they work with.”

The translations will help early childhood educators explain to parents from different language backgrounds the importance of early childhood education and how parents can work more closely with their childcare provider to ensure their child gets the very best start in life.

CCCC NSW will produce the translated framework which will then be published on Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website and the CCCC NSW website. It is expected the translations will be available in October.

The Framework places a strong emphasis on play-based learning as the best vehicle for young children’s learning.

Ms Ellis said the translations of the Framework are just the latest in the Government’s drive to raise the professionalism of the Early Education and Care workforce and deliver higher quality, affordable and flexible care to modern Australian working families.

“Our Government has made child care more affordable and available, with major increases in the Child Care Rebate.

“We’re investing more than $22 billion in direct child care assistance to parents over the next four years, more than triple that of the former Government. Our decision to increase the Child Care Rebate from 30 per cent to 50 per cent of out-of-pocket costs, and increase the cap on the rebate from $4354 to $7500 per child per year, continues to reduce the cost to families.”