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Kids in remote areas to benefit from $5 million early childhood funding

Ministers:

The Hon Peter Garrett MP
Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth

Indigenous early childhood workers based in remote areas will benefit from additional funding to provide an extra week of training, Minister for Early Childhood Peter Garrett and Minister for Child Care Kate Ellis said today.

The Remote Indigenous Professional Development Project will provide further training for educators working in long day care centres, preschools and other children’s services throughout remote Australia.

“We want to make sure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have the best start possible, and this project will help educators in remote Australia to design and deliver better quality programming to help make this happen,” Mr Garrett said.

The project includes five days of face to face training for those taking part, as well as an education toolkit including a book, DVD, and programming cards and posters. The resources have been developed by a team of early childhood educators from Charles Darwin University and Northern Territory Catholic Education and have been road-tested in the field.

Ms Ellis said the Remote Indigenous Development package is a practical resource.

“It is targeted at making the Early Years Learning Framework accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educators, many of whom have English as a second or third language, Ms Ellis said.

“This project will give early childhood education and care staff working with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in remote locations the opportunity to build on their knowledge and increase their practical experience.”

The project is part of the Australian Government’s Early Learning Years Framework, a key component of the national early childhood care reform agenda. The framework sets out the principles and practices necessary to support the care and learning of children under five, as well as their transition to school.